Two very popular areas to invest in here are Dublin’s startups – and emerging companies – and its real estate.

Dublin’s startups and emerging companies

Whatever your interests, budget and appetite for risk, Dublin’s capital ecosystem can provide the investment opportunity you’re looking for. Tech Ireland’s website is a good place to start your search. If you are interested in meeting some of Dublin’s entrepreneurs, visit Startup Dublin, which arranges startup networking events – including the highly successful ‘First Friday Brekkies’. There’s a full calendar at Startup Digest and Google Meetups Dublin pages.

Enterprise Ireland

No one knows Ireland’s emerging companies investment landscape better than Enterprise Ireland. The state economic development agency invests in promising businesses and undertakes extensive technical, commercial, financial and market due-diligence in order to do so. It makes this research available to potential investors and develops portfolios of screened investment opportunities in the technology and services sectors.

If you’re interested in meeting other investors for syndicated investment opportunities, Enterprise Ireland can help to make that happen too. It runs programs that help investors to get in touch with startups, including the High Potential Start-up Team. It also partners with Venture Capital funds and Business Angel networks.

Irish Investment Network

The Irish Investment Network makes it easy to invest in promising startups. It can put you in touch with over 150,000 investment opportunities through a user-friendly interface.

National Digital Research Centre (NDRC)

The NRDC offers investors access to some of Ireland’s most exciting digital startups.

Crowdfunding

If you want to start small, you can invest directly in early-stage startups at Ireland’s crowdfunding sites, which include: Fundit, Spark Crowdfunding & Linked Finance

Tax incentives for your investment

See Revenue.ie for information about the Employment Investment Incentive (EII).

Real estate

Dublin’s real estate prices continue to rise. Properties here offer strong price growth, robust rental yields – especially in commercial units and student accommodation – and relatively low risk.

“Within Dublin”, according to a Savills February 2019 report, “office-based employment is now rising by 6.3% per annum, and fifty-eight% of all the capital’s new jobs (15,000 in total) were in office-based sectors. Employment growth fed directly into a record year for Dublin office lettings…[during 2018] 345,783 sq m of office space were taken-up’.

The Savills report also points out that “new development [of office stock] is supplying a flow of investment opportunities. Eighteen percent of the office space bought last year was new-build stock, completed in either 2017 or 2018. All of this was located in the prime Dublin 1, 2 and 4 postcode areas”.
Dublin has ranked third out of 31 European cities for real estate investment and development, according to the 2019 PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe report. Demand is being driven by strong growth from global companies in sectors such as Tech, Finance and Global Business Services but also by domestic demand. Brexit is also a factor as Ireland’s exporters and retailers prepare to reconfigure their supply chains.

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