Enterprise Ireland targets accelerator expansion

Enterprise Ireland has put €3m on the table in a bid to develop new start-up accelerator programmes outside of Dublin.

The State agency has issued a call to stakeholders interested in developing a regional accelerator programme in an attempt to increase the number of such facilities across the country.

“The National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship noted that a key challenge is to develop the regional spread of start-up activity by enhancing the start-up environment outside Dublin.

"It also noted that this will include working to develop targeted accelerators where gaps exist to enhance the quality of start-ups, with a particular focus on the regional start-up ecosystem,” said Enterprise Ireland boss Julie Sinnamon.

The €3m pilot scheme is aimed at developing accelerators across a range of specialised sectors including food, agritech and information communications and technology.

Other areas being targeted include the financial services and cleantech.

“Today’s announcement is the first competitive call for expressions of interest under the Accelerator Development Scheme which aims ultimately to create more accelerator spaces where start-ups can locate their businesses and access supports around the country,” said Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

Interested parties, both domestically and internationally, are being targeted.


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