The competition will provide up to €50,000 in investment to 20 early-stage Irish start-ups. Applications are welcome from all start-ups with an innovative product or service which has the capacity and ambition to succeed in global markets. Some of the eligible sectors include ag tech, food, medical technologies and devices, engineering, green technologies and climate change solutions, to name a few.

The fund was put in place to assist start-ups in reaching key milestones in their business’ development, such as prototype construction, market entry plan development, or attaining third-party investment. Along with the financial funding, mentoring opportunities and access to entrepreneurial networks will be awarded to successful start-ups to help them further develop their enterprise.

As part of the competitive application process, a video pitch must also be submitted. Details of the video pitch will be sent to applicants via email after they have commenced the online application form.

Application support workshops will be held online by Business Innovation Centres (BIC) nationwide. Workshops are held via Zoom and are free to attend but spaces are limited. The closing date for applications is 25 May at 3pm.

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