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Phase 1

  • A series of part time workshops, evaluating the idea and providing a structure to enable the founder to plan how to progress and develop their business.
  • Workshops will cover Lean Business Model Canvas, Market Evaluation, Customer Value Proposition, as well as Pitching, Planning and other areas relevant to start-ups.
  • All workshops are facilitated by industry experts, practitioners and entrepreneurs, with support from the TU Dublin enterprise team. Most workshops will be online, but some onsite attendance may be required.
  • Phase 1 is usually offered in two formats : 12 evening sessions over 6 weeks or 2 weekend sessions (Fri evening, all day Sat & Sun).
  • Outputs from Phase 1 include the founder’s Go/No Go decision, an outline strategy for proceeding, a Practice Pitch and Business Case Document.


Phase 2

  • Training and support in all areas of business start-up including : Business Model Development, Market Research & Validation, Financial Planning & Management, Business Processes, IP Protection, Product Development, Team Development, and Sales & Pitching skills.
  • Peer-group learning from participants in the region and across the country.
  • Mentoring from experienced business advisers, entrepreneurs and practitioners.
  • Office and other business incubation facilities, access to a funded hot desk.
  • Networking with other entrepreneurs and business support agencies.
  • Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks, and focused preparation for investment pitching.
  • Access to entrepreneurship best practice, both national and international.
  • Access to expertise in Enterprise Ireland, including their Market Research Centre and Mentor Network.
  • Access to expertise from TU Dublin Campuses, and the supportive environment of a business incubation centre.
  • Access to start up supports, such as Amazon Web Hosting Services, Google Cloud for Start Ups & other online supports.
  • €15,000 stipend (paid monthly) to cover full time participation in the six month programme. Programmes are usually delivered by blended learning approaches (some online, some onsite) ; full time engagement and participation is a requirement for ongoing funding. This funding is paid to the participant directly as a scholarship ; no equity is taken.

Outputs from Phase 2 will include an Investor Ready Business Plan, Pitch Deck and supporting evidence ; a detailed strategy for developing the business and advice on funding options. Follow on supports to assist those Phase 2 participants who are continuing to execute their business start-up action plan.


Phase 3

  • Some Phase 2 participants will be identified, from a competitive application process, to receive stipend funding for a further 3 months, as well as mentor, hot desk and other customised supports (subject to funding).
  • Intend establishing an export focused business.
  • Ambition, capability and commitment to developing a scalable and sustainable business.
  • Growth oriented - planning on achieving a turnover greater than €1mn and create more than 10 jobs in a three to five year timescale.
  • Ability to grow a business that is built on a strong foundation of innovation and/or technology.
  • Ability to show evidence of an attractive commercial market opportunity for the proposed business or service.
  • Intend seeking external professional investment to support business growth. No equity is taken by New Frontiers.

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