Competitive Start Fund 2018

Enterprise Ireland

Competitive Start Fund 2018

 The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets.

The Competitive Start Fund offers successful applicants up to €50,000 in equity funding to test the market for their products and services, build prototypes, secure partnerships, and help them shift towards global markets.

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 (which can be made by entrepreneurs or early stage companies) must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates. Registered companies applying for the Competitive Start Fund must be less than 3 years old from date of registration.

The first Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of the year will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018. The €750,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 6th February 2018.

For more information on the Competitive Start Fund, contact:
+353 1 727 2202 (9am – 5pm)

More information including call dates:

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