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EI Launches Competitive Start Fund Call - Open Until 2nd of October

25 September 2018
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The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups. This fund is open to early stage companies in manufacturing & internationally traded services.


** CALL OPEN: Tuesday 18th September 2018

** CALL CLOSE: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

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

Applicants to the fund should ideally be able to demonstrate the following:

Be able to clearly demonstrate that product or service has reached MVP stage, and that the product is, at a minimum, live in beta.

That the product or service has demonstrable customer validation 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 market opportunity for the proposed product or service. Clear knowledge of the competitive landscape.

Clear execution plan outlined, identifying suitable channels to international markets.

Assessments are undertaken on the applications submitted, it is important to note that the greater the progress the applicant has undertaken towards generating sustainable revenues the stronger the application. Applications from projects that are at idea, concept or design stage may be considered to require further development before applying for the competitive start fund.

Details Competitive Start Fund for All Sectors