The Competitive Start Fund could create the next start-up success story in Dublin and ambitious early-stage start-ups should apply now, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Senator Seery Kearney was speaking as Damien English TD, Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, invited entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams to apply for Enterprise Ireland’s €1m Competitive Start Fund (CSF) which is now open for applications.
Senator Seery Kearney said, “This fund is aimed at start-ups with the potential and ambition to succeed on the global stage. That could well be a new business in Dublin. It is open to early-stage companies across all sectors with an eligible innovative product or service set for global markets. “Up to 20 successful applicants will be awarded up to €50,000 investment along with mentoring opportunities with the Enterprise Ireland team as well as access to entrepreneurial networks. You would also receive assistance with evaluating overseas market opportunities, building prototypes, developing market entry plans, and securing third party investment. Dublin start-ups and entrepreneurs should apply now through the Enterprise Ireland website. The closing date is 3pm on 25 May 2021.”
Damien English TD, Minister for Business, Employment and Retail added: “This €1 million of funding will provide a critical boost for innovative entrepreneurs and companies in Ireland at the start of their journey, helping them to drive forward their pioneering products and services.
“As the country moves towards a post pandemic jobs-led national economic recovery, targeted initiatives such as the Competitive Start Fund will help to build the businesses of tomorrow and propel their future prosperity. I’m delighted to launch the fund today and would encourage companies to make the most of the opportunity to realise their global aspirations and turn their ideas into an international commercial reality.”