DIT Hothouse New Frontiers Programme

The New Frontiers Programme is an Enterprise Ireland programme aimed New Frontiersat supporting the establishment and growth of technology or knowledge intensive ventures that have the potential to trade internationally and create employment in Ireland. DIT Hothouse deliver the 3-phased programme in partnership with IADT.

Phase 1 lasts approximately two months and is part-time in nature – typically entailing two evening sessions per week. The programme facilitators will introduce the group to relevant startup strategies, challenge each participant’s business idea and encourage participants to prove some degree of market validation of their proposed product or service. Phase 1 participants then compete to secure a place on Phase 2.

Phase 2 includes funding support for each participant, subject to rigorous and frequent assessment of performance and progress. Phase 2 participants, who must be working full-time on their venture, engage in a series of interactive workshops addressing all aspects of the startup process.

Phase 3 is a period of flexible support, helping successful participants towards investment and expansion. Participants have access to hotdesk space within the DIT Hothouse incubation centre during Phase 3.

Applications are now open for Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme. The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday, 28th August 2015.

This programme can help you if you:

  • can demonstrate the capability and commitment needed to develop a sustainable business.
  • are ambitious, intending that your enterprise will achieve turnover greater than €500,000 and create more than five jobs in three to five years.
  • plan to build your business on a strong foundation of innovation and/or technology.
  • can provide evidence of a commercial market for your proposed product or service.
  • propose setting up an enterprise that is a manufacturing or internationally traded services business, or a new domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally.

The DIT Hothouse New Frontiers programme is open to applications from a diversity of sectors including:

  • food & consumer products.
  • information & communication technology.
  • engineering & electronics.
  • medical devices.
  • biotechnology, pharma.
  • digital media, and
  • eligible internationally traded services.