Competitive Start Fund / CSF Information Event

1) Competitive Start Fund - All Sectors - with focus on Manufacturing/Lifesciences/Renewables - Open - Tuesday 18th September -
2) CSF Information Event 13th Sept
 
€50K Competitive Start Fund (CSF) investment for All Sectors - with focus on Manufacturing/Lifesciences/Renewables  - opens September 18th – full details below. Please feel free to share with  any other colleague, friend or family member  you think might have an interest in this call.
WestBIC in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland will host a CSF Workshop for interested applicants 13th Sept 9.30am – 12.30pm at GTC – booking essential.  The objective of the CSF Workshop will be to provide potential applicants with a comprehensive overview of the CSF process. Full details below
 
CSF Fund
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, including the following subsectors: Manufacturing, Lifesciences, Renewables.
The following are examples of some of the areas included within the scope of the fund: eHealth, Digital Health, Medical Devices Diagnostics, Cleantech.
CALL OPEN: Tuesday 18th September 2018
CALL CLOSE: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
 
Overview of the Competitive Start Fund
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.
Please feel free to share with  any other colleague, friend or family member  you think might have an interest in this call.
CALL OPEN: Tuesday 18th September 2018
CALL CLOSE: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
All applications to the fund must be made via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.
Full Details:
 
CSF Workshop
WestBIC in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland will host a CSF Workshop for interested applicants.  
The objective of the CSF Workshop will be to provide potential applicants with an:
·         Overview of the Competitive Start Fund
·         In-depth analysis and guideline of the CSF Application form and process
·         Opportunity to view a sample CSF Application video pitch, which is a compulsory aspect of the application procedure
·         Opportunity to speak to a successful past CSF Entrepreneurship promoter.
Full Details & Registration information  Below:
 
CSF Application Support Workshop
All Sectors with focus on Manufacturing/Lifesciences/Renewables Call: 58
Galway Technology Centre
13th September 2018
9.30am - 12.30pm
Any queries regarding the workshop please contact Kerry Quinlan at kquinlan@westbic.ie