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The Competitive Start Fund ‘could create the next start-up success story in Laois’

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The Competitive Start Fund could create the next start-up success story in Laois – so says TD Charlie Flanagan.

Deputy Flanagan was speaking as Damien English, Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, invited entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams to apply for Enterprise Ireland’s €1m Competitive Start Fund (CSF) which is now open for applications.

Mr Flanagan encouraged ambitious early-stage start-ups to apply now with up to €50,000 available.

He said: “This fund is aimed at start-ups with the potential and ambition to succeed on the global stage.

“That could well be a new business in Laois. It is open to early-stage companies across all sectors with an eligible innovative product or service set for global markets.

“Up to 20 successful applicants will be awarded up to €50,000 investment along with mentoring opportunities with the Enterprise Ireland team as well as access to entrepreneurial networks.

“You would also receive assistance with evaluating overseas market opportunities, building prototypes, developing market entry plans, and securing third party investment.

“Laois start-ups and entrepreneurs should apply now through the Enterprise Ireland website.

“The closing date is 3pm on 25 May 2021.”

For further information on this initiative, click here.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.