Competitive Start Fund: All Sectors

Competitive Start Fund: All Sectors

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 3.00pm

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capacity and ambition to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies to reach key technical and commercial milestones.

The maximum level of support per successful application is €50,000, for 10% in ordinary shares in the start-up company, to be released in 2 equal tranches of €25k (5% in ordinary shares for each tranche).

Applicants to the fund should ideally be able to demonstrate the following:
– Be able to clearly demonstrate that product or service has reached Minimal Viable Product (MVP) stage, and that the product is, at a minimum, live in beta.
– That the product or service has demonstrable customer validation ideally with (trial and/or paying) customers.
– A fully articulated proposition addressing a clear gap in the market with market research conducted with customers/potential customers.
– Evidence of innovation, export potential and employment capacity. Clear export market opportunity for the proposed product or service. – Clear knowledge of the competitive landscape.
– Clear execution plan outlined, identifying suitable channels to international markets.

See link below for further details.

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