jumpstartThree Categories. Three Champions. One Overall Winner!
With €25,000 in prizes including €10,000 in CASH for the Winners of JumpStart 2015 the competition is heating up with three category wins up for grabs this year.

Today, sees the launch of JumpStart 2015, a competition from the LINC Centre, at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB). JumpStart is an annual business start up competition now in its sixth year with a prize package worth €25,000. The competition is open to entrepreneurs giving them a unique opportunity to really jumpstart their business and who wish to base their business in an innovative and supportive environment during their first three years of the development of their business.

This exclusive competition was launched today by an inspiring panel of judges including one of Ireland’s best known and liked entrepreneurs, Bobby Kerr. Other judges include Bernie Prendergast, AIB Regional Business Manager for Dublin North and West, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Local Enterprise Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Declan Lyons, Technology Infrastructure Programme Manager, Enterprise Ireland.

Bobby Kerr said of the competition, “I have been a Judge with JumpStart for five years now and every year I am excited to see who will come before us. I have met some inspiring entrepreneurs over the years and it’s exciting to see such innovation mixed with the enthusiasm, work ethic and committment of the entrepreneurs.”

This year the entrepreneurs can apply for one of three category prizes:
‘Women in Business Award; JumpStart 2015 Logo
‘Technology Award’ and
‘Innovation in Food Award’.

Out of the three category winners one overall JumpStart 2015 winner will be chosen.
Assumpta Harvey, Manager of the LINC Centre at ITB says “we are delighted to be launching JumpStart in it’s sixth year. It is great to see the winner of JumpStart 2014 “Improper Butter” doing so well as they expand into different global markets. With the introduction of three categories this year we look forward to meeting with great diversity and innovation among the entrepreneurs in each category.”

The overall winner will receive 4,000€ as part of the overall prize plus €2,000 for winning their category. The other category winners will also be awarded €2,000 each. The overall winner also receives:

– An incubation space of 23sqm for twelve months which includes furniture, electricity and heating
– Free wireless access within the building and their office
– Free use of the boardroom for meetings and events during the year
– Public Relation services for one full day from Aspire PR
– One year of telephoning answering service from Kendlebell Kimmage
– Meeting with Enterprise Ireland to identify options for Enterprise Ireland support
– Mentoring on key aspects of their business

The category winners will also have access to:
– A structured approach to the development of their business through the “Create, Learn, Grow” programme
– Industry specific seminars to support innovation and development for the companies
– Access to the academic expertise of the Institute
– Access to a cohort of students for placements and possible recruitment
– Access to the facilities in the building including meeting rooms, training rooms and – computer labs.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Be in business for less than two years
2. Fit into one of the three categories – technology; women in technology or innovation in food industry
3. Demonstrate intent to export if they are not already exporting
4. Demonstrate substantial growth to strengthen the economic impact of the business within the region

Bernie Prendergast, Regional Business Banking Manager, AIB Dublin North & West said of JumpStart, ‘This is the fifth year that AIB is proud to sponsor Jumpstart 2015, a key programme that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in Ireland. Small and medium enterprise is crucial for the creation and maintenance of thousands of jobs across the country and at AIB we recognise this with our Backing Brave Programme.  Initiatives include fast turnaround on credit decisions, more access to our dedicated SME and Agri Teams both on the phone and across our extensive branch network, as well as supports for start-ups.  We wish all participants the very best of luck in this competition and we’re proud to be Backing Brave in partnership with the LINC.’

Application forms can be downloaded from with a closing date for applications of October 16th 5pm.

The short list of winners will be announced on October 27th with the JumpStart 2015 winner being announced on November 17th at the LINC.

All applicants must submit a fully complete application form and agree to the terms and conditions terms and of the LINC and declare that all information submitted is correct and true.

To find out more about the LINC check out our website or why not follow our blog

Sponsors for Jumpstart 2015 are AIB and Fingal Local Enterprise Office.


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Agri Feasibility Fund Opens today, closes 8th Sept

Today Tuesday, August 25th Enterprise Ireland will open a Competitive Feasibility Fund for Agri Businesses.

Full details are available on

The fund is targeted mainly at business operating in the agri-business sector including, but not limited to – machine design & manufacturing; fabrication, engineering & technical activities; life sciences products with application in the agri-sector; farm related software and related services; vet-pharma, animal health & chemical products.  Food projects are also eligible to apply.

Successful applicants may receive a max of €25,000 funding on eligible expenditure of €50,000.  Applicants that have received New Frontiers funding in the past two years are ineligible for support.

If you have any early stage clients/contacts that might be eligible to apply please feel free to encourage them to apply.

Applications open on August 25th and close on September 8th.


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UPCOMING – Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – QQI award (formerly HETAC) Level 7 Certification

The Lean Six-sigma concept is a set of tools and methodologies that rely on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste; it combines the ideas of lean principles (or lean manufacturing, the lean enterprise) and the analytical tools of Six Sigma to eliminate variation and waste in business or manufacturing processes.

This Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is suitable for employees who spend some of their time on process improvement teams or in analyzing and solving quality problems. Typical participants include managers, internal consultants, change agents, project managers and team leaders and should be working under the supervision of a Six Sigma Black Belt. The training provided on this programme provides participants with strong problem solving skills developed through the implementation of the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control) model. Learning to use many of the Six Sigma problem solving methodologies and statistical tools will equip participants with valuable skills to effect meaningful change in their organisations.

This programme is accredited at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications for 15 credits.

The programme is made up of three modules, modelled on the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) paradigm underlying Six-sigma itself.  Two of the modules deliver the essential course content of the programme, the Lean Principles, the Six-sigma paradigm including the DMAIC structure, and then the statistical tools underlying these ideas, In the third module the learner implements this knowledge in an improvement project.

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or

Apply now at 

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Closing Date for “New Frontiers” Phase 2 Fast Approaching

The New Frontiers Programme is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur developmentPHASE Two 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.

Applications being accepted for Phase 2 of the programme.

For all the essential dates, application forms and find out more about the programme please visit our website:

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Competitive Start Fund – for design led start-up companies – Call Opening Soon!

Applications for design led start-up companies, using design as a strategic element will open on Wednesday 15th July 2015 and will close at 3pm on Wednesday 29th July 2015.

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 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.
  • Secure a reference site.
  • Develop a market entry plan for exploiting international opportunities.
  • Secure partnership deal or strategic alliance.
  • Identify suitable channels to international markets.
  • Secure third party investment e.g. business angel, Venture Capital.

For more information and how to apply visit 


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Most Commonly Used Social Media Platforms – A Summary Breakdown

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram were the top
seven platforms used by marketers, with Facebook leading the pack by a long shot with
93% of marketers using the platform.

Changes since 2014: Facebook declined from 94% to 93% and Twitter from 83% to
79%. Google+ increased by 2% from 2014, taking the fourth position. Instagram rose
significantly from 28% in 2014 to 36% in 2015.

YouTube is more commonly used by larger businesses. For example, 71% of businesses
with 100+ employees use YouTube, compared to 38% of the self-employed.

More than half of marketers (52%) chose Facebook as their most important platform,
followed by LinkedIn (21%), Twitter (12%) and then YouTube (4%).

Commonly Used Social media PlatformsSource: Social Media Examiner, Social Media Marketing Industry Report 2015

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New €2million National Competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur!

Are you Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur?

The search is on to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE), with a total investmentleoibye fund of €2million available for young people throughout every county in Ireland.

If you are aged between 18 and 30, with an outstanding idea/commercial venture for a start-up or existing business then you should enter the IBYE Competition.

Almost any young person with a business idea can enter this competition. It doesn’t matter what your background is.

T0 find out more and to Enter the Competition visit 

Closing date for applications is the 31st July 2015


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Entrepreneurs….Are you looking to improve your business skill set?

Are you looking to improve your business skill set?

Local Enterprise Office in Fingal have developed a range of courses and workshops aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of Entrepreneurs, helping them to increase their opportunity for

LEO’s range of training courses, workshops and programmes continually evolves to meet the needs of business owners-managers in the Fingal region.

For more information on courses/workshops available visit: 


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Improper Butter – LINC Clients at Bloom in the Park 2015!

LINC Clients and Winners of JumpStart 2014 Improper Butter, will be at Bloom this Bank Holiday Weekend showcasing their wide range of flavoured butters! imp

Improper Butter have created a range of delicious, Irish flavoured butters that inspire creativity at mealtimes. Lovingly hand-made in the heart of Ireland, they have combined proper Irish butter with the freshest ingredients to add incredible flavour to all your favourite dishes.


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LINC hosts Lab 353 Pitching Event as part of ITLG Global Tech Summit 2015

The 2015 ITLG Silicon Valley Global Technology Summit will be hosted by Dublin Fingal Region in partnership with Fingal County Council, Dublin City University, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Fingal Dublin Chamber.

May 25th saw the LINC host the first part of the event. This involved companies pitching their business ideas to a group of influential investors at the ITLG Silicon Valley Global Tech Summit in Dublin, with the aim of securing up to $1 million investment each. Companies pitching included:




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