Competitive Start Fund

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to become High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.

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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 must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates.

Update: From 2017 onwards, registered companies applying for Competitive Start Fund must be less than 3 years old from date of registration.


Upcoming Competitive Start Fund 2017 Call Dates

Call NoCall NameCall OpenCall ClosePitch
No. 42
25th Jan
8th Feb
21st March
No. 43
8th March
22nd March
28th April
No. 44
8th March
22nd  March
13th June
No. 45
3rd May
17th May
20th June
No. 46
21st June
5th July
15th Aug
No. 47
Regional/New Frontiers
21st June
5th July
29th Aug
No. 48
All Sectors - with focus on Agtech/Manuf/Lifesciences/Renewables
13th Sept
27th Sept
7th Nov
No. 49
Experienced Professionals
11th Oct
25th Oct
28th Nov

Please note: call open and close dates outlined above are subject to change.

Key contact/more information

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

If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and want to learn more about qualifying and applying for Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up supports, go to our Start a Business Section