Announcement Competitive Start Fund Call Open

Competitive Start Fund Call Open  - 4th May 2021 

€1m All Sectors Competitive Start Fund  - Enterprise Ireland 

  • 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.

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 25th May 2021 at 3 pm.

How do companies apply? 

Applications must be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system Enterprise Ireland

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. Dates and registration details outlined on the webpage.

Further Assistance

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