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.


Upcoming Competitive Start Fund 2018 Call Dates

Call NoCall NameCall OpenCall Close
No. 50All Sectors - with focus on ICT23rd Jan6th Feb
No. 51Regional Entrepreneurship 27th Feb13th March
No. 52Graduate Entrepreneurship10th Apr24th Apr
No. 53Female Entrepreneurship1st May15th May
No. 54Fintech & Deep Tech (AI/ML, AR/VR, IoT, blockchain & cloud)29th May12th June
No. 55Marine & Agtech26th June10th July
No. 56International Entrepreneurs21st Aug4th Sept
No. 57Experienced Business Professionals21st Aug4th Sept
No. 58All Sectors with focus on Manuf/Lifesciences/Renewables18th Sept2nd Oct

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