The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies reach key commercial and technical milestones, for example:
- Evaluate overseas market opportunities and reach firm conclusions regarding the viability of the proposed business.
- Build a prototype.
- Secure a reference site.
- Develop a market entry plan for exploiting international opportunities.
- Secure partnership deal or strategic alliance.
- Identify suitable channels to international markets.
- Secure third party investment e.g. business angel, Venture Capital.
All applications to the Competitive Start Fund must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates.
Competitive Start Fund 2015 Call Dates
The next call for applications to the fund opens on 14th January, 2015 and closes at 3pm on 28th January 2015:
|22||Open - All Sectors||14-Jan||28-Jan||02-Mar||13-Mar|
|24||Open - All Sectors||01-Apr||15-Apr||08-Jun||19-Jun|
|26||Manufacturing & Agri||16-Sep||30-Sep||02-Nov||13-Nov|
|27||Open - All Sectors||16-Sep||30-Sep||23-Nov||04-Dec|
(Please note some of these dates have not been confirmed and are subject to change).
Competitive Start Fund Briefing Sessions in 2015
Briefing sessions for those considering applying for the Competitive Start Fund will be held throughout 2015.
The sessions will cover all aspects of the eligibility criteria, how the CSF applications are assessed and advice to avoid common mistakes. The session will take approximately 45 mins with additional time available for questions and answers as required.
The following session has availability:
- Monday 19th January, 2015 - Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin 3 - 10.00 - 14.40 p.m.
Please contact Gavin Buggy
Please contact Carole Brenan - firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance for Sligo and Letterkenny sessions.
Please contact Margaret Charleton - email@example.com to confirm attendance for Galway session.
Please contact Brian Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance at Waterford session.
Competitive Start Fund in 2014
To date the following companies were offered CSF in 2014:
Competitive Start Fund in 2013
To date, over 200 companies have been offered funding through the Competitive Start Fund. The following list of 85 companies were offered CSF in 2013.
Key contact/more information
For more information on the Competitive Start Fund, please contact:
Tel: + 353 1 727 2202 (9am - 5pm)
If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and want to learn more about qualifying and applying for Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up supports, go to our Start a Business Section