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NEW €500K COMPETITIVE START FUND TARGETED AT EXPERIENCED BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

A total of €500,000 in start-up funding will be available from Enterprise Ireland when a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition targeted at Experienced Business Professionals opens for applications on Wednesday 11 October 2017.

This CSF is directed at mature and highly experienced business professionals with 25 years or more of relevant business experience in Ireland or abroad, of which at least 10 years should be at a senior or leadership level.

Up to 10 successful applicants will receive high-level business development support and an investment of up to €50,000 each. Enterprise Ireland’s CSF is designed to accelerate the growth of start-ups and enable companies to reach key commercial and technical milestones.

As well as securing up to €50k in funding, the successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a business development programme. Delivered over three months by DCU Ryan Academy and Ireland’s Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX), the programme will increase the capabilities of the participants and move them to investor-ready within a short period.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “My Department through Enterprise Ireland implements a number of initiatives which target and support various entrepreneurial cohorts, including females, graduates and overseas entrepreneurs. The Competitive Start Fund programme aims to support companies at the start of their journey and now, for the first time, the focus is on helping professionals with extensive business experience to build scalable businesses. According to the 2017 GEM Report, the rate of entrepreneurship among 55-64 year olds stands at 10%, with the majority of entrepreneurs falling within the 25-44 age category. This new fund, targeted at Experienced Business Professionals, will help to stimulate start-up activity within a specific group which holds significant potential that largely goes untapped by existing initiatives.”

The fund is open to companies active in manufacturing and internationally traded services including Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Food, Cleantech and Industrial Products.

Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland said: “Current EU studies suggest that many people who are nearing the traditional age of retirement don’t wish to retire and are interested in alternatives. Furthermore, these studies have found that approximately two thirds of people believe that they should be able to continue working if they wish to do so. This Competitive Start Fund for Experienced Business Professionals is targeting a group that has accumulated significant business knowledge and leadership experience at a senior level, both indigenous and international. It aims to provide the financial support required to get a start-up off the ground and this will be further enhanced with the addition of a tailored accelerator programme which will help bridge any existing skills gap in starting and growing a business”.

Eoghan Stack, Chief Executive, DCU Ryan Academy added: “DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs and Ireland’s Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX) are delighted to have been selected to work with Enterprise Ireland for the delivery of a start-up programme for Experienced Business Professionals and we welcome the recognition that this cohort of experienced professionals comes with a very cumulated industry expertise and life experience that is invaluable in creating ideal entrepreneurs. ISAX and DCU Ryan Academy have previously delivered successful business start-up programmes for mature entrepreneurs and this new programme will enable us to build on the success of previous programmes to enable early stage companies fast-track their business development”.

In addition to written online applications, companies will be asked to prepare an online video pitch. Applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria.

The CSF competition will close at 3pm on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Full details are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfexperiencedprofessionals

DCU Centre for Family Business Women in Leadership Series – Thursday 16th of November

The DCU Centre for Family Business Women in Leadership Series, on Thursday 16th of November 2017 in DCU Ryan Academy, Citywest Business Campus.

This event aims to address the unique challenges faced by our female leaders, and the inspirational ways in which these difficulties can be conquered. An interactive forum with keynote addresses by Peaches Kemp Co- founder of Itsa Ltd, Orlaith Carmody MD of Gavin Duffy & Associates & Roslyn Bell Director of Commonhall Apartments followed by expert clinics and networking lunch.

This event is not for Women rather about Women in Family Business & Leadership so everyone is welcome!

FULL EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE

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Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund

The aim of the Commercialisation Fund Programme is to improve the competitiveness of the Irish economy through the creation of technology based start-up companies and the transfer of innovations developed in Higher Education Institutes and Research Performing Organisations to industry in Ireland.

The programme will fund the development of innovations at all stages of the commercial pipeline to the point where they can be commercialised as new products, services and companies.

Commercialisation Fund Project Support is available for projects that address a gap or need in the market by developing innovations that will ideally be ready for licensing to Irish industry or may form the basis of a new start-up in 2-5 years. It is recognised however that some innovations may need a longer time to get to market than others.” Source – www.enterprise-ireland.com

For full details click HERE

The Ultimate Entrepreneur Tool Kit

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There are tonnes of free resources online for business owners – but the real question is – are they actually any use?! And how can you try before you ‘buy’? Here’s an easy way to save yourself some time and effort!

We’ve discovered an awesome list that orders free online resources into a huge variety of categories from app development to finding co-founders – with each source listed in order of popularity. Simples! Get browsing here

The Irish Tech Startup Guide

Irish Tech Startup Guide Frontline VC

For anyone intrigued by the start-up world – or already a part of it – Frontline Ventures’ guide includes accelerators, mentors and resident VCs as well as a sample list of Irish companies and people to know. It also covers meet-ups, press figures and the story of how our booming tech industry began.

The guide aims to celebrate and promote Irish entrepreneurship, while offering a 101 guide for anyone visiting the country or starting out in their career.

http://www.slideshare.net/FrontlineVC/the-irish-tech-startup-guide

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