Initiatives for StartUps in the West.

Initiatives for StartUps in the West.

The SCCUL Enterprise Awards 2014

Prize Fund of €50,000 open to all businesses in Galway City and County with sales not exceeding €1.5m in the last year of trading. Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday next, 3rdNovember 2014. The competition is free to enter at


Meet the Buyer event | Athlone | 13 November

The event, hosted by the National Development Finance Agency, the HSE and Enterprise Ireland, will highlight supply opportunities at 14 Primary Care centres to be developed in Ireland – 7 of which are in the HSE West Region. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Primary Care Centres PPP programme, meet with the 3 short listed contractors/facilities management providers tendering for the projects and find out how to become a sub supplier to the projects. Full details at


€4m SmartAgriFood Fund

EU grants of up to €100,000 will be available to web entrepreneurs and SMEs with new or innovative ideas for applications and services to address the lack of smart ICT tools suited for farm and wider agricultural use. Details at 15th November is application deadline.


Startup Weekend | Galway | 14-16 November

If you're not familiar, Startup Weekend is a non-profit based in Seattle, Washington that organises 54-hour events in cities around the world where potential entrepreneurs, developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. Startup Weekend is taking place at NUI Galway from Friday 14th – Sunday 16thNovember. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential partners/co-founders, build the startup community in the West and launch your next startup!

For more information and to register for the event visit:


Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs

A call for applications for Female Entrepreneurs or a female-led new startup company, active in the manufacturing & internationally traded services sectors opens on Wednesday 12th November, 2014and closes at 3pm on Wednesday 26th November 2014. Successful applicants will receive €50,000 investment (for 10% equity, €5,000 match investment required).

Full details including online application are available at


MeetWest 2014 | Galway | 20-21 November

The largest Business Networking event taking place in the West of Ireland this year. 5 days to go to book your place


The Entrepreneur Exchange | Sligo | 27-28 November

Emerging entrepreneurs throughout Ireland are encouraged to apply to The Entrepreneur Exchange, a unique event by Sligo Chamber of Commerce, the Sligo European Enterprise Network and The Western Development Commission and partners in Sligo on November 27th and 28th. Twenty four entrepreneurs from companies with strong ambitions for growth will spend 24 hours of intense mentoring, workshops and a networking dinner with twenty four of Ireland’s most successful business leaders.

Full details at . Application deadline is 8th November.


National Innovation Showcase | Dublin | 2 December

The national Innovation Showcase is the first gathering, in one location, of all State-supported research centres and technology centres of scale. It will be an ideal networking opportunity for companies in Ireland that want to learn more about collaborative research, development and innovation. Investors looking for new start-up companies emerging from State-funded research will also be interested in Big Ideas –  investor ready start up pitch sessions taking place at the Innovation Showcase. Further details at .


New Startup Guide for the West

‘STARTUP Weblinks – a Guide for Entrepreneurs and Early Stage Businesses in the West Region’ was published recently highlighting over 300 sources of supports & resources. You can access a copy of the Guide here or if you would like a hard copy please send your contact details and we will gladly send you a copy.