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OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS to New Frontiers 2019 – Phase 1 Programme

Applications are invited for the New Frontiers Phase 1 Entrepreneur Development Programme and will remain open until 12:00 noon Monday, 1st April 2019.

To apply click here to complete the online application form.

The Phase 1 Programme will be run on Wednesday & Thursday evenings for 5 weeks from Wednesday, 1st May. The call is competitive and is open to individuals who have an innovative idea for a new business. The Phase 1 workshops will allow you to tease out the feasibility of your business idea and to learn what entrepreneurship entails. Upon completion of the course, you will be clearer about the viability of your business idea and will be armed with enough information to decide whether or not you are ready for the next step.

At the end of Phase 1, committed participants who have developed a strong value proposition will be ready to apply for Phase 2 of New Frontiers – Planning the Business.

The closing date for receipt of your application is 12:00 noon, Monday, 1st April 2019.

Applicants will be invited to a short telephone interview to discuss their application these are expected to be held on Wednesday, 10th April or Thursday, 11th April.

The first of the Phase 1 Programme workshops will be on Wednesday, 1st May at 6pm. The Programme will run over the course of 5 weeks each Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6pm – 9:15pm each evening.

Programme Delivery Dates:
Wednesday, 1st May / Thursday 2nd May
Wednesday 8th May / Thursday 9th May
Wednesday 15th May / Thursday 16th May
Wednesday 22rd May / Thursday 23th May
Wednesday 29th May / Thursday 30th May
1-1 meetings will be scheduled post-programme in June.

Venue: Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre, Moylish Park, Limerick V94 E8YF.

The New Frontiers Programme is an Enterprise Ireland funded programme delivered by the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre in collaboration with the University of Limerick.

For further information on the programme please contact newfrontiers@lit.ie or ring Mary Casey Tel: (061) 293830

About New Frontiers

If you have an innovative business idea and are planning to establish and run your own company, the New Frontiers Programme can provide you with help and support to accelerate your business development and to equip you with the skills and contacts that you need to successfully start and grow your company.

The New Frontiers Programme is an Enterprise Ireland funded programme delivered by the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre in collaboration with the University of Limerick.

An outline of the New Frontiers Programme

New Frontiers is a three-phase programme, designed to provide an integrated and comprehensive set of business development supports to participants.

Phase 1: Testing your business idea

Held part-time over approximately a 5 week period, Phase 1 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 evaluate if your idea can be turned into a viable proposition.

Key benefits are:

  • Two evenings per week for approximately 5 weeks
  • Business validation and market research workshops
  • Peer to peer networking and learning
  • You can continue in your current job
  • Improve your chances of accessing Phase 2
  • De-risk your business model
  • Arrive at a go/no-go decision

Phase 2: Business planning

Following a competitive selection process, 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. If successful, you will receive intensive support for six months to develop both your own skills and to work up your business proposition. This will entail full-time participation in workshops, mentoring and regular reviews. Using this support, you will fully detail and validate your business proposition and identify potential customers, sales channels and funding options. 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. The aim of this phase is to support you in the development of an investor-ready business plan.

Key benefits are:

  • Full-time incubation support for 6 months
  • €15,000 tax-free grant
  • No equity taken from your business
  • Develop a strong business plan
  • Comprehensive and intensive mentorship and coaching
  • Peer to peer networking and learning
  • Access to R&D facilities
  • Hot-desk and other incubation facilities
  • Web hosting and support from Amazon worth $15,000
  • Access to Microsoft’s BizSpark platform for software developers worth €100,000

Phase 3: Business development

Businesses emerging from Phase 2 will be guided to the most relevant government support that can best help them at their particular stage of development. Further incubation facilities and support may be available to participants for a limited period, in conjunction with ongoing support from the Incubation Centre Management team.

Key benefits are:

  • Full time for 2-3 months
  • Further hot-desk and incubation facilities
  • Introduction to government and private investment opportunities
  • Delivering on the business plan

How does New Frontiers benefit entrepreneurs?

  • Training in all areas of business including financial management, market research & validation, business process, patenting, product development, sales training.
  • Mentoring from experienced business advisers and practitioners.
  • Office space and other business incubation facilities.
  • €15,000 scholarship to cover full-time participation in the six-month course.
  • Networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and business development agencies.
  • Introductions to seed and early-stage capital investment networks.
  • Access to entrepreneurship best practice – both national and international.
  • Peer group learning from participants in the region and across the country.
  • Access to the expertise in Enterprise Ireland through our Market Research Centre.
  • Expertise from the Institutes of Technology and the supportive environment of their business incubation centres.

Who should apply?

The New Frontiers Programme is for entrepreneurs from early-stage startup companies in Ireland. The programme is open to applicants over the age of 18, from a range of sectors including food & consumer products; information & communication technology; engineering & electronics; medical devices; biotechnology; pharma, digital media; cleantech/renewable energy and eligible internationally-traded services.

Ideal Candidates:

  • intend to establish a manufacturing or internationally-traded services business OR a new domestically-traded service business  with the potential to trade internationally.
  • are ambitious and have the capability and commitment needed to develop a sustainable business.
  • are growth-orientated – planning to achieve turnover greater than €500,000 and create more than five jobs in three to five years’ time.
  • will develop a business that is built upon on a strong foundation of innovation and/or technology.
  • can show evidence of a commercial market for the proposed product or service.

What our New Frontiers Participants say:

“After completing New Frontiers we would recommend it to anyone who wants to set up a business, is open minded and has a willingness to learn. We started New Frontiers with a product and finished it with a rigorous business plan, the knowledge to deliver on it and €50K from CSF. The workshops, mentoring, advice and guidance that we received from our time in New Frontiers in LIT is beyond value. If you are interested in participating I would urge you to apply and to go into it with an open mind, an eagerness to learn and to interact in the workshop, with the organisers and with your fellow participants.”

Chris Ryan (CDK Technology). Participant in 2016

“The whole New Frontiers Experience exceeded my expectations by a mile. It was a great opportunity to work "on" the business instead of "in" it. The support, in terms of the workshops and access to facilitators, has been hugely beneficial. I've learned many new practical business skills that will be invaluable to the future growth of our business. I would have participated, even without the stipend!”

BJ Broderick, Wellnice Foods Ltd. Participant in 2016

"The NF program was instrumental in helping me avoid the typical pitfalls that one could take on the start-up grind of a new business, I wholeheartedly recommend the NF program for anyone considering a new business or service, NF was the most important foundation in our journey.”

Rob (TippyTalk) Participant in 2015

“The New Frontiers program was extremely beneficial for our business. I’m sure we would not be where we are today without participation in the program. Thanks guys !”

Will (Sunbear Technology /VT Networks). Participant 2015

New Frontiers Brochure

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Register Your Interest

If you are interested in receiving more information about New Frontiers in LIT,

Key Contacts

Ms Mary Casey
New Frontiers Programme Coordinator
Email: Mary.Casey@LIT.ie
Phone: 061 293830

Ms. Gillian Barry
Enterprise Development & Business Liaison Manager
Email: Gillian.Barry@LIT.ie
Phone: 061 293151/086 7959269


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