Enterprise Ireland today announced a new €500,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) to support start up activity in all sectors. The Fund which provides €50,000 in equity funding for each successful applicant will open for submissions on Wednesday 21st September 2016 and will close at 3pm, Wednesday 5th October 2016.
Are you a budding food entrepreneur? Do you have a big idea for a food business? Could you create a successful and scalable global food business? Food Works, an intensive business development and accelerator programme designed for food and drink start-ups, could be the ideal opportunity for you. Ambitious individuals, with an interest in building an international food or drink business in Ireland, are being sought for participation in Food Works, a programme jointly run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.
Over 1,500 jobs will be created over the next three years by 105 High Potential Start-Up (HPSUs) companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2015. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.
A new accelerator programme, called SPRINT, was launched today at Gateway UCC by Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland and UCC VP for Research & Innovation Anita Maguire. Designed to support early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs and UCC-based researchers, the SPRINT Accelerator will focus on commercialisation strategies and routes to market.
Ireland's Startup Gathering programme of over 400 events gets underway in the Google Foundry on Monday 5 October with the Dublin Startup Island 2020 Forum, which will include guest speakers from Startup Commons Global, Intel's Internet of Things, Dell, and Startup Gathering sponsor Bank of Ireland. The event will be addressed by Irish Government Ministers; Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Ged Nash, Minister for Business & Employment.