Rescheduled Invitation | Enterprise Ireland Regional CSF | Workshop | Waterford | Friday March 9th

The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups. A competitive fund of €500,000 for start-ups based outside of County Dublin, will open on Tuesday, 27th February, and will close on Tuesday, 13th March 2018.

This fund is open to early stage companies in manufacturing & internationally traded services, including the following subsectors: Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Fintech, Food, Cleantech and Industrial Products.

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund aims to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets and to enable those companies reach key commercial and technical milestones, for example:

  • Evaluate overseas market opportunities and reach firm conclusions regarding the viability of the proposed business.
  • Build a prototype.
  • Secure a reference site.
  • Develop a market entry plan for exploiting international opportunities.
  • Secure partnership deal or strategic alliance.
  • Identify suitable channels to international markets.
  • Secure third party investment e.g. business angel, Venture Capital.


This fund is open to applications from early stage companies who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the link:
To assist companies interested in applying for and being successful in this CSF, on Friday, 9th March 2018, Enterprise Ireland South East will run a workshop on the CSF application process & scoring. The workshop also aims to assist promoters develop content for the application, focusing on the value proposition and messaging.

  • Annemarie Coogan, from EI’s High Potential Start Up department, with responsibility for CSFs will outline the application document and process, and scoring of application.
  • Jackie Gowran, of Business IQ, will assist promoters develop content for the application, focusing on content development around the proposed messaging and value proposition.
  • Justin Kearns, Tucr Limited, a recent successful applicant of the Competitive Start Fund will share their insights with us. 
  • Aidan Shine, of South East Business Innovation Centre (South East BIC) a public private partnership, that supports the generation and development of new innovative enterprises. The BIC team works closely in collaboration with other local, regional, and national enterprise support agencies. Aidan will outline how South East BIC can be supportive to those making applications to the Competitive Start Fund. 

The workshop is free to attend. If you are interested in attending please email Jacqui Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your place.




11.10      Introduction: Enterprise Ireland 
11.15      Presentation by Justin Kearns, Tucr Limited, CSF Client   Q&A
     Presentation on the Competitive Start Fund 
     Annemarie Coogan, Enterprise Ireland   Q&A

     Introduction to South East Business Innovation Centre (South East BIC). Aidan Shine


     Introduction to Afternoon Workshop Session  Jackie Gowran, Business IQ   



     Practical Workshop Session with Jackie Gowran:
     Problem definition & proposed messaging and value proposition.
15.15      TEA/COFFEE


     Continue Practical Workshop Session with Jackie Gowran


     Session finishes and Next Steps.





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