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Blockchain at Dogpatch Labs

Ulster Bank is leading a new investigation into blockchain underpinning Irish payments systems, with partners including AIB, PTSB and Deloitte

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Ulster Bank Hackathon 2017

On Feb 17 - 19 we hosted another successful edition of the Ulster Bank Hackathon 2017 with over 250 participants

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Visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer

On January 9 2017 we welcomed the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, for a visit of Dogpatch Labs alongside Ulster Bank CEO, Gerry Mallon

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Ulster Bank investing in Ireland's tech ecosytem

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Partnership in Action

A key pillar of the partnership with Ulster Bank is supporting and engaging with the Irish tech community. Community engagement is a an ongoing process, and it is this ability to foster community over a sustained period of time is what makes a multi-year partnership special.

Visit from UK Chancellor of the Exchequer

On 9th January 2017 we had the honour of welcoming the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, to Dogpatch Labs for a tour of the space alongside Ulster Bank’s CEO, Gerry Mallon. As part of the visit, the Chancellor made special arrangements to meet some of Dogpatch’s residents working in the Fintech sector.

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Launch of The Vaults

Dogpatch Labs partnership with Ulster Bank enabled the development over 8,000 sq. ft of new space in the historic 200-year-old Vaults below The chq Building, providing the wider tech community with a world class platform from which to host meetups, workshops and hackathons.

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Offsite Innovation Hub

Ulster Bank opened their off-site innovation hub at Dogpatch Labs, and through this off-site presence the bank is fully integrated with the broader tech ecosystem, better enabling the bank to work with partners to build new products and solutions for the banking sector. This culture of innovation has enabled Ulster Bank to become a key player in Fintech disruption.

Ireland's firstOpen Bank API

It just got easier to innovate with Ulster Bank. Startups can develop apps using real/live customer  from Ulster Bank customers.

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"We want to learn from the outside in. We felt it was important to place our innovation team in a coworking, collaborative environment close to our head office physically but far enough removed in terms of the culture to be sufficiently different."

Robin Marshall, CIO, Ulster Bank

"Ulster Bank and Dogpatch Labs share the same ambition to create the centre of FinTech in Ireland. The success of the Hackathon is a fantastic example of how Ulster Bank are invested in creating the centre of FinTech and strengthening our connection with Ireland’s Tech Startup community."

Ciaran Coyle, CAO, Ulster Bank

Key Events

Ulster Bank Hackathon

That's a wrap on this year's hackathon. Keep up-to-date via the webpage below for all updates on Ulster Bank Hackathon 2018

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Watch the Partnership Launch Video to see where it all began in July 2015.

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Business Banking and Community Activity

The success of our partnership with Ulster Bank is a testament to how when partnerships really work, everybody benefits.

SME Business Banking

Ulster Bank enabled Dogpatch Labs to convert 16,000 sq. ft of storage space on the Mezzanine floor of The chq Building to new office space for the expanding Pivotal Labs, bringing the total facility to almost 40,000 sq, ft. The launch of the Mezzanine presents an opportunity for Ulster Bank to showcase Dogpatch Labs as an example of how it is has supported the development of the SME sector in Ireland through debt financing.

Help for What Matters

A key element of the partnership is its foundation on the values of Community – enabling the bank to immerse its people in the startup world, and in turn leverage the bank’s resources to support the sustainable development of the Irish tech ecosystem. This focus on fostering and engaging in the community over a sustained period of time is what makes a multi-year partnership special.

Fintech Competitive Start Fund

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of startups that have the capability to become High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies. Ulster Bank helps and mentors Fintech startups in applying for the fund, which is designed to enable companies to reach key commercial and technical milestones.

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"This has been a bold initiative by Ulster Bank, and we are incredibly grateful to have found a partner who really understands ‘what matters’. As we enter into the second year, we look forward to building on this great partnership."

Patrick Walsh, Managing Director, Dogpatch Labs