New Frontiers


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New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for early-stage startups. It is based in 16 campus incubation centres across the country. 

Call for Proposals 2021 – 2025

Enterprise Ireland is pleased to announce a call for applications to deliver the New Frontiers Programme for the period 2021-2025.

The purpose of the New Frontiers Programme is to accelerate the development of sustainable early stage businesses across the country which have strong employment and growth potential and to provide a pipeline of clients for Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs).

This call aims to fund Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities on a national basis to ensure access to the New Frontiers programme across all regions. Funding will be on a competitive basis and subject to the programme eligibility criteria.

The main benefits of the programme are:

  • It offers regional access to applicants across 14 programmes and 16 locations.
  • Open to business ideas from across all sectors including food & consumer products; information & communication technology; engineering & electronics; medical devices; biotechnology; pharma, digital media; cleantech/renewable energy and eligible internationally traded services
  • Support package valued at €30,000 including a €15,000 tax-free stipend in Phase 2 – subject to satisfactory performance – with no equity taken in your business
  • Further support available in Phase 3 to the value of €10,000+
  • Personalised one-to-one mentoring offered by seasoned business mentors from the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Network.
  • Expert advice and guidance from experienced programme team, business practitioners, investors and other entrepreneurs within the Institutes of Technology and Universities.
  • Access to R&D facilities and specialist expertise from within the Institutes of Technology/Universities, including access to interns & graduates.
  • Practitioner-led workshops in all areas of building a business.
  • Regular milestone review meetings to monitor your progress.
  • Free co-working space (during Phase 2 and 3).
  • Support and guidance in the development of a strong business plan.
  • Opportunity to connect with relevant agencies (Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland) to get information on other funding and supports available.
  • Access to Enterprise Ireland’s Market Research Centre.
  • Introductions to seed and early-stage capital investment networks.

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