Lately I’ve been putting a *lot* of time and effort into getting the GreenHouse incubator in Limerick of the ground. I’ve have made a huge amount of progress and it now looks like we will be opening the doors in June.The amount of support received form all corners has been great but one thing has been lacking. In spite of our (myself and other “volunteers”) repeated appeals for support to Dell nothing has been forthcoming. This is especially disappointing seeing that Dell’s decision to make 2000+ employees redundant has created the majority of the job losses in the Limerick region.
Don’t get me wrong; I can fully understand Dell’s decision to move production to Poland. It’s economics 101, wages costs (amongst others) have become too high in Ireland and in order to stay competitive there was no better option that to move production abroad. However rather than abandoning Limerick altogether the least Dell could do is help create employment for some of the people that are being made redundant.
We approached Dell some time ago to discuss how we could get the word out for Bizcamp Limerick amongst their employees. They like the initiative and it was initially agreed that they would let us put a few people in their canteen over a two days to spread the word on Bizcamp. However this just fizzled away into nothing when we tried to firm up on a date. I also put forward the idea in Dell supporting the GreenHouse incubator. Either by donating some of the excess office equipment (desk, chairs, cubicles etc) or providing the necessary IT equipment. In return the would get a huge amount of positive publicity and have an opportunity to show some goodwill. Neither option would be prohibitively expensive. I even suggested a long term partnership and renaming the incubator the “DELL Greenhouse”.
So far the comeback has been zero…..
Am I overly optimistic in expecting them to contribute? Am I misguided? Or do you think that Dell should support this kind of effort? I mentioned this issue during my interview on RTE One’s “Business show” last Sunday and it has been picked up on Twitter where people have started using the #doitdell hashtag.
So what do you think? Please answer the poll below and also leave a comment on why & how you think Dell should (or should not) support the GreenHouse.