Have a bright idea to START-UP a business in the South East?

Are you ambitious, hard-working and determined to succeed?

Have you had your Eureka moment and want to set up a start-up in the South East? The network of South East Local Enterprise Offices is looking for the next generation of trailblazing entrepreneurs to take part in the BrightStart South East Start-Up programme.

Over recent months barriers to innovative business solutions have fallen away creating a new landscape for start-up businesses. However, the start-up journey can be tough and requires resilience and endurance. Through the BrightStart programme OCO Global’s international respected business mentors will show you how to set your start-up business on the right growth path.

What sets the BrightStart programme apart is that high potential start-ups will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea to Enterprise Ireland, South East Business Incubation Unit and their Local Enterprise Office to apply for accelerated grant support and services which can fundamentally boost a start-up business’s growth potential.

There will be four cycles of the programme with dedicated topics:

TopicWebinar DateTimeEOI Closing Date
Female Led Start Up11th Nov 20209.30am - 1.00pm4th Nov 2020
Green Technology Start Up18th Nov 20209.30am - 1.00pm11th Nov 2020

New Normal Start Up

(Brexit/Covid Innovations)

2nd Dec 20209.30am - 1.00pm20th Nov 2020
Remote Working Start Up13th Jan 20219.30am - 1.30pm31st Dec 2020

What does the programme offer?

You are on a start-up journey and it is vital that you know where you are on that journey, what you are experiencing and the tools that can be used to help you overcome hurdles. OCO Global’s combination of webinar training and one to one mentoring will give a fast, effective and robust assessment of your growth potential. OCO Global will use a combination of assessment tools so that you are able to see what you are doing well, and what areas you need to focus more on.

Phase 1: WEBINAR:

Participants will attend a 3.5hour online webinar focusing on start-up supports and entrepreneurial culture required for successful business development growth. You will work with OCO Global to complete business assessment tools which will be used to help you understand what areas of your business need more support. After the webinar you will have completed essential work that will frame your strategic thinking for your business.


Each participant will then get a 2 x 1.5hr one to one mentoring sessions with OCO Global mentors who will use the webinar work to develop a prioritised action plan for your business concept. The BrightStart business mentor will cover strategic topics such as product feasibility, new sales platforms, target market, marketing and sales, finance and profitability as well as grant aid and business supports. OCO Global will also produce individual evaluation report with recommendation on High Potential Start-Up supports.

Phase 3: PITCH:

High Potential Start-Ups will pitch their idea to Enterprise Ireland, South East Business Incubation Unit and Local Enterprise Office executive to apply for accelerated grant aid and business supports.

Expression of Interest:

Female Led Start Up

Green Technology Start Up

New Normal Start Up (Brexit/Covid Innovation)

Remote Working Start Up 

Once you register your interest in a topic, you will receive an email with an Expression of Interest form specific to that topic, which must be returned to David Walsh  Selected participants will be contacted and invited to do a brief pitch video. Note applicants could be anywhere on their start-up journey from conception point to trading, however if trading should be trading for less than 12 months as of October 1st 2020.

David Walsh, Local Enterprise Office  can also answer any questions you may have.