New Frontiers Programme Now Recruiting! The New Frontiers Programme is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme. If you have an innovative business idea and are planning to establish and run your own company, the New Frontiers Programme could be for you. We provide knowledge intensive, export oriented companies with a package of supports to help accelerate the business and to equip you with the skills and contacts that you need to successfully start and grow your company.
What does New Frontiers provide Entrepreneurs?
1.Training in all areas of business including financial management, market research & validation, business process, patenting, product development, sales training.
2.Mentoring from experienced business advisers and practitioners.
3.Office and other business incubation facilities.
4.€15,000 scholarship to cover full-time participation in the six month course.
5.Networking with other entrepreneurs and business development agencies.
6.Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks.
7.Access to entrepreneurship best practice, both national and international.
8.Peer-group learning from participants in the region and across the country.
9.Access to the expertise in Enterprise Ireland through our Market Research Centre.
10.Expertise from the Institutes of Technology and the supportive environment of their business incubation centres.
If you believe that you are capable of building a sustainable new international technology or product based business, creating employment and generating revenue then act now and apply for a place on Ireland’s largest entrepreneur development programme. For further information contact Claire Mac Namee on Claire.MacNamee@itb.ie or Tweet @TheLINCTweet or email Colm.OMaolmhuire@ittdublin.ie
About the programme Phase 1 -Testing the business idea – The first phase will be part-time over a 6-8 week period and will help you to validate the market potential of your business idea. These evening workshops will provide information and general start-up training, allowing you to tease out your idea’s feasibility and to see whether a viable proposition exists. Workshops are run on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm – 8.30pm and alternate between the ITT Dublin Campus and the IT Blanchardstown Campus on alternate evenings. There are a limited number of places on the programme and shortlisting will apply once application closing date falls.
Phase 2 – Business Planning – Following a competitive selection process, 12 committed participants who have a strong value proposition and who can demonstrate that their business proposition has potential to grow and create jobs may be offered a place on Phase 2. Phase 2 participants receive intensive support for six months to develop both their own skills and to work up their business proposition. This will entail full-time participation in workshops, mentoring and regular reviews. Using these supports, participants will fully detail and validate their business proposition and identify potential customers, sales channels and funding options. The aim of this phase is to support you in your development of an investor-ready business plan. You must be available for full-time participation in this six month course. To facilitate this, you will receive up to €15,000 in funding subject to satisfactory performance and development reviews. For further information contact Claire Mac Namee on Claire.MacNamee@itb.ie or Tweet @TheLINCTweet or email Colm.OMaolmhuire@ittdublin.ie
Who Is The Programme For? The Programme is targeted at entrepreneurs with early-stage start-up companies. The programme is open to applications from a diversity of sectors including; information and communication technology, engineering and electronics, medical devices, biotechnology, pharma, digital media, cleantech/renewable energy and eligible internationally traded services. Ideally candidates have the following characteristics;
1.Intend establishing an export focused business
2.Ambition, capability and commitment to developing a sustainable business
3.Growth oriented – planning on achieving a turnover greater than €500,000 and create more than 5 jobs in a three to five year timescale
4.Ability to build a business that is built on a strong foundation of innovation and/or technology
5.Ability to reflect evidence of an attractive commercial market for the proposed business or service. For further information contact Claire Mac Namee on Claire.MacNamee@itb.ie or Tweet @TheLINCTweet or email Colm.OMaolmhuire@ittdublin.ie
Programme Location The New Frontiers Programme is co-located at the heart of the Dublin and East Region based at The LINC, IT Blanchardstown and at the Synergy Centre, ITT Dublin respectively. Both Centres have track records of successfully providing a business incubation environment that nourishes business skills and company growth. The partnership between the two incubation centres provides an extensive support platform to wider regional business development For further information contact Claire Mac Namee on Claire.MacNamee@itb.ie or Tweet @TheLINCTweet or email Colm.OMaolmhuire@ittdublin.ie
How To Apply We openly recruit all year round for Phase One and Phase Two Programmes.
We run one Phase One Programme Every Spring and One Phase One Programme Every Summer. We run one Phase Two Programme Every Summer and another Starting every Autumn.
The next Phase One Programme will commence on January 27th 2014. For further information contact Claire Mac Namee on Claire.MacNamee@itb.ie or Tweet @TheLINCTweet or email Colm.OMaolmhuire@ittdublin.ie
Download your application form here: Phase One 2014 Application Form