Cork News: July’s Top 3 Stories

In case you hadn’t noticed, we here at Cork Innovates LOVE Cork! From job creation, to innovation, to incubation – check out our top 3 stories from the Cork business scene this month.


1. Our friends at Ludgate in beautiful West Cork officially launched their digital hub on July 29th – the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland.


The initiative aims to facilitate up to 75 people in a creative co-working environment. The project will create 500 direct jobs and a further 1000 indirect jobs thereby creating a sustainable digital economy for Skibbereen and the wider West Cork area.



Ludgate will work with the wider Irish diaspora to bring ideas and talent to Skibbereen and will help local startups and digital enterprises compete on a global scale.


2. Cork Incubator Kitchens was launched – an initiative run by the Cork County Council, Taste Cork and the Food Safety Company to assist emerging and existing food ventures to start, grow and expand their business.

CorkIncubatorKitchens-3The kitchens and equipment meet the highest Health and Safety and Food Safety requirements, so foodie-startups can rest assured and focus on their business.


The new facility is in Carrigaline Industrial Estate, Crosshaven Road, Co. Cork and offers kitchen spaces for rent in six hour increments.


The kitchens are let after a brief training session using the facilities, as well as a small deposit. It really is the perfect hub to kick-start your catering or bakery business. Another great incentive to grow your startup in Cork!


3.The English Market now offers new and emerging small food businesses a chance to run the innovative Startup Stall.

This initiative aims to attract new and innovative stalls to the 228-year-old Cork Market. The English Market and Cork City Council have teamed up on this venture to give a leg-up to local entrepreneurs which offers budding food entrepreneurs the use of a stall for up to six weeks over the summer.

It’s the perfect opportunity to trial products, assess demand for its products and to gain valuable customer feedback.


The first inhabitant of the Startup Stall has already taken residence. Oh! Naturelle is a natural sorbet-making business that’s based in Cork and was founded in 2014.


Co-owners and Blarney natives, Louise Ryan and Aisling Murphy, Cork are delighted to be selling their dairy, gluten, and soya-free products in the iconic market.