Competitive Start Fund (CSF)

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capacity to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies to reach key technical and commercial milestones.

Applicants to the fund should ideally be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Be able to clearly demonstrate that product or service has reached MVP stage, and that the product is, at a minimum, live in beta.
  • That the product or service has demonstrable customer validation with (trial and/or paying) customers.
  • A fully articulated proposition addressing a clear gap in the market with market research conducted with customers / potential customers.
  • Evidence of innovation, export potential and employment capacity. Clear market opportunity for the proposed product or service. Clear knowledge of the competitive landscape.
  • Clear execution plan outlined, identifying suitable channels to international markets.

Assessments are undertaken on the applications submitted, it is important to note that the greater the progress the applicant has undertaken towards generating sustainable revenues the stronger the application. Applications from projects that are at idea, concept or design stage may be considered to require further development before applying for the competitive start fund.

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All applications to the Competitive Start Fund must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates.


Upcoming Competitive Start Fund 2019 Call Dates

Call NoCall NameCall OpenCall Close
No. 59All Sectors (Call Closed)29th Jan. 201912th Feb. 2019
No. 60All Sectors (Call Closed)16th April 201930th April 2019
No. 61Female Entrepreneurship (Call Closed)25th June 201916th July 2019
No. 62All Sectors - call closed24th Sept. 20198th Oct. 2019

Please note: call open and close dates outlined above are subject to change. The focus of the specific calls is yet to be confirmed.


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