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Aisling Kirwan Positive Carbon

This year, Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is encouraging applications from eligible companies that address the challenges and opportunities relating to climate change. “It’s really exciting to see more environmentally focused businesses coming through,” says Aisling Kirwan, co-founder and Director of Operations at Positive Carbon, a recent recipient of funding through the CSF. Read more about Positive Carbon.

Deirdre Lyons Examfly

Turning a good idea into a viable business takes time, hard work and support – this is what Deirdre Lyons, founder and CEO, Examfly discovered on her two-year journey with online teaching tool start-up, Examfly. As one of the recent recipients of Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF), Examfly has grown from a good idea into a promising business with big ambitions. Read more about Examfly.

Ciaran Brennan LiveCosts

With the help of Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF), Ciaran and Niall Brennan developed their cost-tracking software into a real solution for small and medium-sized businesses in the sector. Read more about LiveCosts

Nasal Medical Martin OConnell

Getting Competitive Start Fund approval validated Nasal Medical’s efforts to develop a drug-free solution for allergy relief and gave them confidence to grow. Read the full interview with founder, Martin O’Connell


The TeachKloud Early Learning Management System is a SaaS solution which enables educators to streamline their business, comply with regulations and communicate with parents. CEO Wendy Oke outlines how the CSF allowed TeachKloud to upgrade our product, hire key personnel and raise further funding. Read more here.

Sharon Keegan Peachylean

Peachylean is an award-winning shapewear and activewear business with sales worldwide. Here, CEO Sharon Keegan discusses her start-up journey with support from the Competitive Start Fund. Read more.

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CheckVentory is an AI powered inventory management platform for eliminating risk in the automotive finance and distribution market. Here, founder Adrian Walsh outlines why he applied for Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF) and shares his advice on making the application. Read more here.

Caroline Gleeson BidRecruit 140px

BidRecruit is an innovative, unique platform that cuts time-consuming tasks and makes recruitment efficient and effective. Here, company founder, Caroline Gleeson outlines how CSF enabled BidRecruit to develop from idea to business realityClick here to read more.

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 “Winning the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Experienced Business Professionals was perfect timing for our company,” says Anne Lawlor, CEO, Journey Protector. Here’s how it benefitted in building the business. Click here to read more.

Suzanne Moloney

Hidramed’s innovative wound management system was inspired by its founder’s search for a solution to her medical condition. Suzanne Moloney explains how the right mentoring supports helped her start-up to progress quickly. Read more here.

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CitySwifter leveraged new technologies to fill a gap in the public transport sector. Here, Brian O’Rourke, Founder, outlines the company’s journey from early-stage start-up to HPSU, and how the Competitive Start Fund helped them take their product to market. Read more here.

Leonora OBrien Pharmapod

Pharmapod aims to be a worldwide solution to a global problem, helping to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. Founder and CEO Leonora O’Brien explains how local support has been invaluable for launching internationally. Read more here.

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Wellola’s patient portal software solutions help to make healthcare more accessible and cost-effective for everyone. Co-founder Sonia Neary describes how CSF support helped to realise her vision and to drive early traction and growth. Read more here.

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