Help us change the future of retail by managing our new innovation store and the exciting startups that fill it.

About Dogpatch Labs

Our mission is to accelerate Ireland’s tech ecosystem. We are one of Europe’s leading tech community hubs fostering entrepreneurship for startups, facilitating technology innovation for all sizes of companies and nurturing transformative social enterprises. Alumni include many of Ireland’s fastest growing tech companies including (>$1Bn valuation) and is the global headquarters for CoderDojo, the volunteer-led movement of free computer programming clubs. Dogpatch Labs was awarded the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Citizenship Award in 2017 and was recently visited by Duke & Duchess of Sussex.

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About the Role

At Dogpatch Labs, we believe brick and mortar retail is evolving, not dying. And we want to shape the future of the industry. We want to lower the barrier to entry to physical retail for startups, give customers a space to explore the newest innovations, and create a testbed to validate the technologies and concepts that will define the future of retail. We have a globally-unique opportunity to do so, as a startup hub located in a high-footfall retail mall.

We are opening an experimental retail concept store to interactively showcase the most cutting-edge startup products from Ireland and around the world. As Retail Innovation Associate, you will help shape and deliver this first-of-its-kind retail experience. You will run the daily operations of the retail store, optimize the in-store experience, and help develop this innovation asset from its creation.

During store opening hours (weekdays, 11:30pm - 3:30pm), you will facilitate product demos for customers and discuss the project, the startups, and Dogpatch Labs. When the store is closed to the public, the space will convert to a flexible workshopping and events space. You will help facilitate this function and coordinate the events run out of the space.

You will also manage the relationships with the startups deployed in the store. You will help the startups use the data-collected in-store to test and validate their products. You will create insights reports from the in-store data. And you will help recruit and deploy the newest and most exciting retail startups from around the world.


  • Create meaningful customer experiences and assist visitors through the discovery and purchase process.
  • Maintain an expert-level knowledge of all products and startups in the store as well as industry trends.
  • Be able to speak to Dogpatch and their partners’ vision and mission statement with visitors.
  • Facilitate events & programmes in this space.
  • Manage in-store inventory and restock products.
  • Maintain store cleanliness and visual presentation.
  • Create insights reports from the data collected in-store.
  • Assist in the recruitment of exciting new startup products to sell in our store.
  • Manage the relationships with the startups that are deployed in our store.

Must Haves

  • You’re team oriented - you enjoy working with colleagues at all levels of the organisation. Culture is really important to us and we make sure the team dynamic is strengthened with every hire
  • You have an ability to drive projects forward
  • You’re smart - you learn quickly and can adapt well to rapidly changing environments
  • You’re excited about emerging technology and startups
  • 1+ years experience in a customer-facing role

Nice to Haves

  • You understand strategy - and can interpret it from an operations perspective
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge and familiarity with the Irish startup ecosystem
  • Basic knowledge and familiarity with IoT technologies
  • Strong organisational skills


    • Tech Ecosystem events such as First Fridays for Startups, Hackathons, Meetups...
    • Discount with food outlets in CHQ


    • This role is a six-month contract with the opportunity to continue on a long-term contract after six-months.
    • The role is based at our retail store in the CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
    • Dogpatch Labs is an equal opportunities Employer.
    • Hours: 9am - 6pm, Mon-Fri
    • Start date: February 2020