DCU is to get a new digital innovation co-working hub this autumn.

The university has partnered with Talent Garden, Europe’s largest co-working network, to develop the facility.

The new centre will be based at DCU’s Alpha innovation campus and will offer flexible working space for 350 people.

In particular, the hub will be encouraging freelancers, tech-startups and corporate innovation labs.

Talent Garden will also run an Innovation School which will serve as a "bootcamp" for digital skills.

It will work alongside DCU Business School to deliver a programme aimed at coaching entrepreneurs and assisting companies to adapt to the digital environment.

Access to these learning facilities will be available to members at any of Talent Garden’s facilities across 18 cities in Europe.

"Through this unique DCU-Talent Garden partnership, Talent Garden Dublin goes way beyond coworking as it is currently understood in Ireland, and into the fields of accredited digital skills training, corporate digital transformation, as well as creating international connectivity for Irish startups looking to scale up in other markets," said Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU in a statement.

Talent Garden was formed in 2012 and since then has grown into the largest European co-working and digital innovation network.

It counts among its members big name brands like Electrolux, Google and BMW.

Talent Garden recently expanded into the Nordics, opening a site in Copenhagen in collaboration with Rainmaking.

In DCU, we have found a University partner with the same entrepreneurial DNA and ambition as Talent Garden, which made the selection process easy," said Talent Garden founder and CEO Davide Dattoli.

"The existing DCU Alpha community of digital and IoT innovators is the perfect home for us, while the University partnership will help us to scale our Innovation School offering globally".

Work will begin immediately on the fit-out of the Talent Garden Dublin building, with an expected completion date of September 2018.