A new call for applications to the Competitive Start Fund will be launched tomorrow on Wednesday 28th September.

The fund is open to applications from the ICT & Industrial sectors including the following sub-sectors: Internet, Games, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Telecoms, Lifesciences, Cleantech and Industrial Products.

The call close date for applications to this Competitive Start Fund will be 6pm on Wednesday 19th October 2011.

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 capability to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies reach their 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

Develop a market entry plan for exploiting international opportunities.

Identify suitable channels to international markets.

Secure third party investment e.g. business angel, Venture Capital

For more on application see http://bit.ly/dZjcdl

[we will have a feature on gd.ie in the next couple of days about this fund – Aphra]