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Dogpatch Labs in partnership with Ulster Bank

One year in partnership...


Ulster Bank host Hackathon in The Vaults, Jan 2016

Ulster Bank investing in tech ecosytem

Providing the banking expertise to Pivotal in expansion to Mezzanine

Partnership in Action

For over a year now Dogpatch Labs and Ulster Bank have been working together to help build Ireland’s tech ecosystem.

Launch of The Vaults

Back in July 2015 Ulster Bank announced a new partnership agreement. The deal enabled Dogpatch Labs to develop 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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Innovation - Embracing Disruption

As part of the agreement Ulster Bank have opened an off-site innovation hub and placed their innovation solutions team here at Dogpatch Labs. Through this, 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.

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This isn’t a sponsorship for us – any organisation could put money into a venture – Dogpatch’s ethos exemplifies our ambition for Ulster Bank and supporting businesses to reach their potential.

Meave McMahon, Director of Customer Experience and Products

Key Events


Codespike is a regular get-together of developers from RBS and Ulster Bank involving a few days of hacking to find innovative solutions for the banking sector.

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Ulster Bank Hackathon

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See where it all begun

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Business Banking and Community Activity

The partnership with Dogpatch Labs has proven to be a virtuous circle – with synergies bringing value to all sides of the equation.

SME Business Banking

With the help of Ulster Bank financing Dogpatch Labs converted 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.

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Helping Social Enterprise

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.

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The partnership with Google allows us to increase our outreach into Dublin’s startup community. It brings many benefits to Dublin’s startups, including mentoring programmes and access to Google engineers and experts.

Patrick Walsh, Managing Director