A network of
crypto-focused entities uniting
South East Coast
Ireland's Crypto Coast is made up of a collective of technical, creative and pioneering cryptographic businesses from all over the world. The country's location, infrastructure, people and investment capital available has made us an exciting and powerful place from which to do business. We invite both homegrown and international blockchain and crypto-related technology businesses to join us in building the Crypto Coast block by block.
Our mission is to expand and develop the blockchain eco-system already growing in this country through a variety of mediums. Our initial focus is on the creation of a network of co-working spaces for start-ups in this sector and the establishment of academic, social and commercial events and studies exploring all sides of crypto-currency and related topics.
Thinking about starting a crypto-related business in Europe? Ireland’s Crypto Coast is an ideal location to build a strong foundation.
A thriving venture capital economy. Measured on a per capita basis, Ireland has more venture funding available than in any other country in Europe. Over €800M is available through seed, venture and angel capital firms.*
Access to world-class talent. Ireland is renowned for having a flexible, dynamic and multilingual workforce that are well educated. A European commission study of third level education in 2010 stated that Ireland produced “the most highly employable graduates in the world”.*
A stepping stone to Europe, the Middle East and America. Our size means easy access and close proximity to transport systems and airports. Our location means we are the closest EU country to the US, are within a maximum of three hours from all European cities and less than eight hours from Middle Eastern centres of business like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.*
A wonderful place to live. The quality of life in Ireland, coupled with the prestige of potential employers means that there is a constant pool of highly experienced people available for work. Our beautiful coastline and forestry are easily accessible and provide a stunning backdrop from which to build a business.*
*Enterprise Ireland; Start in Ireland And Take On The World, Oct '12.
Our Blockchain ecosystem
The past year has seen an explosion of interest in blockchain technologies globally and here in Ireland. Our regulators, policymakers, educators, for and not for profit organisations and technology entrepreneurs are being engaged in direct communication to guide the public dialogue about blockchain technology through bodies like The Blockchain Association of Ireland. Across the country, hundreds of attendees are benefitting from a wide range of industry-led meet-ups, events and conferences, resulting in an open discourse and an informed society on crypto-related subjects. There is a strong culture emerging in Ireland, supporting, developing and influencing start-ups and established business in the blockchain sector. Our universities have embraced this ethos, with Dublin City University hosting Ireland’s first blockchain hackathon, Chainhack, in November 2016. Already, the country is home to a vibrant FinTech industry, which along with our economy is growing year on year. Ireland is well on course to become an epicentre for blockchain innovation.
From the silicon dock to the crypto coast.
Over the past decade, Ireland has attracted 9 out of 10 world-leading technology and internet companies, 8 out of 10 leading online game companies and platforms and over 50% of the world’s leading Financial Services firms*. Dublin as a location has become over-saturated – with a high demand on housing and cost of living. Less than an hour away, the South East Coast is an oasis of opportunity for business in Europe. Rental prices in Dublin City Centre have risen to 61% higher than at their lowest point. Commuters are spreading down the East Coast, where in Wicklow rent is on average 28% and in Wexford is 57% cheaper*. 'Ireland's Ancient East' has seen a push in 2017 by Fáilte Ireland, promoting the area's beauty, culture and history - providing a small insight into the way of life one could expect on the Crypto Coast.
* Irish Rental Price Report Q3 2017, Daft.ie
what does the future hold?
Drawing inspiration from one of the world's leading Blockchain and Cryptographic Technology Eco-systems; Crypto Valley in Zug, Switzerland, we have created our vision for Ireland's Crypto Coast. The future is both exciting and filled with possibility. Plans for a local digital currency are already underway, details to be revealed in the new year. Our aim is to integrate Bitcoin and Crypto-currency technologies into day-to-day living - taking the lead from BitCoin Suisse in Zug, we foresee the installation of BitCoin ATM's for those who wish to purchase the digital currency but find the prospect of the transaction difficult to process without physical proof. This will help to bridge the gap, bringing this sector into the mainstream.
With a vibrant network of technical, creative and pioneering digital, legal, financial and political specialists on our team we are on hand to discuss your potential today.