Competitive Start Fund 2018 - Important Dates

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets.  

The Competitive Start Fund offers successful applicants up to €50,000 in equity funding to test the market for their products and services, build prototypes, secure partnerships, and help them shift towards global markets.

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

Call dates 2018

Here are the upcoming Competitive Start Fund 2018 Call Dates

Call No    Call Name    Call Open    Call Close

  • No. 50    All Sectors - with focus on ICT.  Call open:  23rd Jan.  Call close: 6th Feb
  • No. 51    Regional / Marine Tech.  Call open:  27th Feb.  Call close:  13th March
  • No. 52    Graduate Entrepreneurship.  Call open:  10th Apr.  Call close:  24th Apr
  • No. 53    Female Entrepreneurship:  Call open:  1st May.  Call close:  15th May
  • No. 54    Fintech:  Call open:  29th May.  Call close:  12th June
  • No. 55    International Entrepreneurship:  Call open:  21st Aug.  Call close: 4th Sept
  • No. 56    Experienced Business Professionals.  Call open:  21st Aug.  Call close:  4th Sept
  • No. 57    All Sectors with focus on Agtech/Manuf/Lifesciences/Renewables.  Call open:  18th Sept.  Call close:  2nd Oct

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

All applications to the Competitive Start Fund (which can be made by entrepreneurs or early stage companies) must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates. Registered companies applying for the Competitive Start Fund must be less than 3 years old from date of registration.