Enterprise Ireland launches All Sector €750,000 Competitive Start Fund open to entrepreneurs and start-ups

12th January 2017

CSF Jan 17

Pictured at the launch announcement of the Enterprise Ireland All Sector Competitive Start Fund (CSF) are past recipients of the CSF, Denise O’Grady, Way2Pay, powered by Three, Michael FitzGerald, OnePageCRM, James Kearney, Castle Chafer and Rob Laffan, Tippy Talk  with Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Orla Battersby, Enterprise Ireland Manager, High Potential Start-Up Division.

Enterprise Ireland today announced a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) totalling up to €750,000 to support start up activity in all sectors. The Fund which provides €50,000 in equity funding for each successful applicant will open for submissions on Wednesday 25th January and will close at 3pm, Wednesday 8th February 2017.

The Competitive Start Fund provides entrepreneurs and start-ups in all sectors with the critical early stage funding to test the market for their products and services and progress their business plans for the global marketplace.

The fund is designed to enable those companies reach key commercial and technical milestones, to include:

  • 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

The fund is open to applications from individuals, early stage companies or prospective businesses active in the Manufacturing & Internationally Traded Services sectors which includes the following subsectors: Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Cleantech and Industrial Products. 

The all sector CSF is part of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for increasing the number and quality of High Potential Start-Up Companies (HPSUs) that have the potential to employ more than 10 persons and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “A key aim of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is to drive a strong pipeline of ambitious entrepreneurs with progressive products and services. Ireland is recognised as a hub for innovation and start-ups and this fund will make a real contribution to help more early stage businesses get off the ground and ultimately assist in creating more jobs around all regions of the country”.

Commenting on the announcement, Orla Battersby, Enterprise Ireland Manager, High Potential Start Up Division, said: “A priority for Enterprise Ireland is to help Irish entrepreneurs and companies to start up and scale. The all sector Competitive Start Fund provides a support platform and a vital injection of funding totaling up to €750,000 to help launch young companies with global ambition and their business ideas to an international market.”

Full details on the Competitive Start Fund, including the application form can be accessed on the Enterprise Ireland website https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/Company/HPSU-Funding/Competitive-Start-Fund-All-Sectors.html




About Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.  In this way, we support sustainable economic growth and regional development, and help create and sustain employment in Ireland.  www.enterprise-ireland.com



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