Webmill - Digital Hub
Community, Collaboration, and Connectivity are the cornerstones of Mountmellick. We are driven by a need to combine the economic, physical and networking assets to optimise the potential of Laois as a place to live and work.
Mountmellick Webmill is the ultimate mashup of entrepreneurs, startups, growth companies, educational institutions, the Laois Chamber, state agencies and local government. Our goal is to create an innovation ecosystem, one that creates a synergistic relationship between people, companies, and place, that facilitates idea generation, open learning, collaboration and accelerates commercialisation.
Mountmellick Webmill allows entrepreneurs to use collaborative spaces, coworking spaces, mingle with other entrepreneurs and have efficient access to everything from insights into the latest technology to legal and financial advice. Rather than endure long commutes and daily congestion, residents of the Digital Hub can choose to work and live in places that are connected, walkable, bike-able and connected by technology.
The Webmill was set up to address a number of needs in Laois. A recurring theme was the lack of a innovation hubs for incoming and indigenous start-ups - with all the expected features: red brick walls, wooden beams, fibre internet. Along with Laois County Council, we took the first step in making what we have called the Webmill a reality. In March 2018, renovation started on the Mountmellick Business Park with the Mountmellick Development Association, and the Webmill is now open to start-up companies and those commuting or moving to Laois.