Competitive Start Fund (CSF)

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to become High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.

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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.

Update: From 2017 onwards, registered companies applying for Competitive Start Fund must be less than 3 years old from date of registration.


Upcoming Competitive Start Fund 2017 Call Dates

Call NoCall NameCall OpenCall ClosePitch
No. 42All Sectors - with focus on ICT25th Jan8th Feb21st March
No. 43Graduate Entrepreneurship8th March22nd March28th April
No. 44International Entrepreneurship8th March22nd  March13th June
No. 45Female Entrepreneurship3rd May17th May20th June
No. 46Fintech21st June5th July15th Aug
No. 47Regional/New Frontiers21st June5th July29th Aug
No. 48All Sectors with focus on Agtech/Manuf/Lifesciences/Renewables13th Sept27th Sept7th Nov
No. 49Experienced Business Professionals11th Oct25th Oct28th Nov

Please note: call open and close dates outlined above are subject to change.


Key contact/more information

For more information on the Competitive Start Fund, please contact:
+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