Following calls by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, local Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes is encouraging local entrepreneurs to apply for funding from Enterprise Ireland. The Minister announced that 30 entrepreneurs and start-ups were already set to benefit from up to €1.5 million in funding from the organisation.
The Competitive Start Fund provides young companies in the ICT & Industrial sectors with the critical early stage funding to test the market for their products and services and progress their business plans for the global marketplace.
“Following the announcement local entrepreneurs still have the opportunity to apply under the next round of funding. This round will close on Wednesday the 10th of October. In total there is still €750,000 up for grabs from Enterprise Ireland.
“This funding is being aimed at companies in sectors such as Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Life Sciences, Cleanteach and Industrial Products” Tom Hayes said.
Under the terms of the Competitive Start Fund, start-ups will receive an equity investment of up to €50,000 for a 10% ordinary equity stake. In addition to funding, each start-up will be provided with an experienced business mentor to support them. The application process has been designed and improved to be fast and efficient to allow the new start-ups to concentrate on validating their business concept and getting to market entry stage as quickly as possible. Visit www.enterprise-ireland.com/csf for more information.