€1m Competitive Start Fund: Applications Now Open

€1m Competitive Start Fund: Apply Now

Open to all sectors

The Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund

The Competitive Start Fund aims to support early-stage start-ups. The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of early start-up companies that have the capacity and ambition to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies to reach key technical and commercial milestones.

This call is open to all sectors. Entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial teams and existing early-stage start-ups active in the Manufacturing & Internationally Traded Services sectors are invited to apply. See list of subsectors here

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, 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 2nd March 2021 at 3pm.

How do companies apply?

Applications must be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfallsectors Information on the Competition and Support with preparing applications is available and will be delivered by the Business Innovation Centres (national BICs) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland

Application Support Workshops

Application Support Workshops will be held online by Business Innovation Centres (BIC) nationwide.

Workshops are held via Zoom and are free to attend.

Spaces are limited, workshops are interactive and participation is welcomed from entrepreneurs and early-stage companies.

Workshops are also open to internationally based entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Ireland. Prior registration is required.





Dublin BIC

18th February 

10am-12 noon

Register Here

Further Assistance

The Local Business Innovation Centre (BIC) in addition to application support workshops above can offer assistance with application preparation. Potential applicants can contact the Local BIC for more information:

For more information:

Visit the Enterprise Ireland website here >>  

Email the Competitive Start Fund team here >>

Or alternatively, you can phone Competitive Start Fund Helpline on  01 727 2202 (operating remotely, ideally send an email to csf@enterprie-ireland.com or alternatively leave a message and we will return your call).