Case Studies - Competitive Start Fund (CSF) Female Entrepreneurs


Established by engineering graduates and best friends Katie Farrell and Matthew Coffey, and supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund, SQUID is an innovative loyalty app that is free for customers to download and can hold “virtual” loyalty cards for a range of businesses. Read more about SQUID..

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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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 reality. Click 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.

Ann Marie McSorley

The Competitive Start Fund was a turning point for Veri, culminating in the closing of a funding round in August 2017. Founder and CEO, Ann Marie McSorley explains why, and how, she applied.. Click here to read more.

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ApisProtect is rolling out its technology to 200 beehives across the world in 2018. Winning the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs helped make that happen says CEO & Co-Founder Fiona Edwards Murphy. Click here to read more.

Liz Fulham

A dream of developing revolutionary technology led Liz Fulham to set up SalesOptimize. As a previous winner of the Female Entrepreneurship Competitive Start Fund (CSF), she has top tips on the application process and understands the challenges facing early-stage start-ups. Click here to read more.


It began as a Young Scientist project that grabbed the attention of the public – now Restored Hearing is continuing to develop solutions to alleviate problems like tinnitus or chronic ringing in the ears. Co-founder Rhona Togher says the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) programme provided the company with business skills and a support network. Click here to read more.

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