New Frontiers Programme


What is the New Frontiers Programme?

The New Frontiers Programme is a professional training and enterprise support programme aimed at entrepreneurs who have a well thought out innovative business idea or technology that has the potential to be transformed into a High Potential Start Up company. The programme is intended to train potential entrepreneurs in the skills required to establish and run their own businesses.

Where is New Frontiers Programme based?

The New Frontiers Programme is co-located at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre (ERIC) in IT Carlow and at the ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in Waterford Institute of Technology. Both Centres have strong track records of successfully providing a business incubation environment that supports entrepreneurial development and company growth. The partnership between the two incubation centres provides an extensive support network for wider regional business development.

How will New Frontiers Programme work?

This three phase programme will provide a professional practical support programme targeted at people who are in the early stages of setting up a technology-based or knowledge-intensive business. Training and support will be provided by experienced practitioners through a structured delivery and assessment process which will provide the required assistance and guidance for the development of commercially viable enterprises.


Phase 1:  Business Feasibility  

Phase 2:
Business Development


Phase 3:
Business Commercialisation

Part-time over 8-10 weeks.  Idea identification  Business evaluation

6 months full-time.  Structured training.  Extensive mentoring.  Investor pitch preparation.  Hot desk facilities.  Enterprise Ireland funding of €15,000. Investor-ready Business Plan

Route to Market strategies.  Customer value proposition refinement.

Who is eligible to Apply?

Applicants should be potential entrepreneurs who have a well thought-out innovative business idea or technology that has the potential to be transformed into a high potential start-up company. The business concept should be: - Knowledge based - Innovative in nature - Have job creation potential - Have export potential or potential to earn external revenues - Have been well researched prior to application.

What supports are provided?

  • Shared office accommodation in the Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre located at the Institute of Technology Carlow or at the Arclabs Research & Innovation Centre located at Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Hands-on business advice & direction
  • Access to training and consultancy services of partner organisations
  • Introduction to networks of mentors, venture capitalists and other support agencies.  Personal mentoring relevant to grow the enterprise or product development under the programme mentoring scheme delivered by experts in the field of business management and development
  • Enterprise Ireland Support funding up to a maximum of €15,000 for participants in Phase 2

Further Information on the New Frontiers Programme can be found on the New Frontiers website.

Or by contacting: 

Maresa Fitzhenry
New Frontiers Administrator
Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow
Kilkenny Road

T: 059 91 75220


Eugene Crehan
New Frontiers Administrator
ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre
Cariganore Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

T: 051 302 953