Minister launches competitive feasibility fund
The Minister for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD, today (Wednesday 31 October 2012) launched the new Enterprise Ireland €200,000 Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating start ups and creating jobs and growth in the Midlands Region (Counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath). This fund, which can provide up to €25,000 per project, is now open for applications from entrepreneurs, and will remain open until Tuesday 20 November 2012.
Pictured at the launch are, L to R: Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland Director Midlands Region; Richie Loughran, Director, COMSS Ltd, Longford and John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business.
The Competitive Feasibility Fund is aimed at supporting entrepreneurs or new start-up companies to explore the feasibility of start-up ideas with job-creating potential to be located in the Midlands Region. Its particular focus is on growth-oriented businesses with the potential to move into export markets over time. The funding will enable the promoters to reach firm conclusions regarding the project's viability and set out investor ready plans for developing and commercialising the innovative product or service on international markets.
The fund is open to applications from the ICT, Industrial and Food sectors including the following sub-sectors: Internet, Games, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Telecoms, Lifesciences, Cleantech, and Industrial Products.
Making the announcement, Minister Perry said:
'This Fund will support entrepreneurs and start-up companies to develop innovative ideas into high-growth businesses that will create jobs in the Midlands Region. I strongly encourage people with new and innovative business ideas with high job-creation potential to step forward and compete for the funds available through this exciting initiative. In this way, by nurturing such ventures, we can create high-value and high-growth companies that will drive job creation in the Midlands Region'.
Full details of the Fund including the Application Form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site: www.enterprise-ireland.com/cffmidlands The closing date for applications is Tuesday 20 November 2012.
For further information, please contact:
Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 090 6487128 Mob: 087 057 0445
Tel. +353 1 7272805; +353 87 2445814