Competitive Start Fund Now Open

€1m Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund Now Open for Applications

€1m All Sectors Competitive Start Fund -

-  Up to 20 potential Investments

-  Mentoring support

For this All Sectors call, applications are invited from entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial teams and existing early stage start-ups active in the Manufacturing & Internationally Traded Services sectors, including but not restricted to, eligible companies that offer / services / solutions to address challenges and opportunities with regards to Climate Action with an emphasis on decarbonisation.


What is the maximum funding available?

The selected companies will receive a maximum investment of €50,000 for a 10% ordinary equity stake in the start-up company. The investment shall be released in two equal tranches. The Company will be required to secure additional equity investment of €5,000 (in Ordinary shares), from promoters or external investees, prior to the release of EI’s first tranche.


What is the call close date?

This call for applications will close on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 3pm.


How do companies apply?

Applications must be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system


Application Support Workshops Application Support Workshops will be held online by Business Innovation Centres (BIC’s) nationwide in partnership with Enterprise Ireland. Workshops are free to attend. Spaces are limited, workshops are interactive and participation is welcomed from entrepreneurs and early stage companies considering applying to the fund, including those based internationally looking to start a business in Ireland. Prior registration is required. Register online:

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