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New Frontiers Programme

New Frontiers Programme Overview

Are You Interested In Starting A New Innovative Business?

The LINC works with founders, entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs to develop their business, from idea to start up to growth.

New Frontiers Programmme at the LINC

The New Frontiers Programme is Enterprise Ireland's national entrepreneur development programme. It is delivered by the LINC, Blanchardstown Campus, in collaboration with other TU Dublin campuses. 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 innovation based, knowledge intensive, export oriented and scaling companies with a package of supports to help accelerate the business, and to equip you as the founder with the skills and contacts that you need to successfully start and grow your company.

What’s On Offer?

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 and practitioners, with support from the LINC enterprise team.

  • Phase 1 is offered in two formats : 12 evening sessions over 6 weeks or 2 weekend sessions (Fri evening, all day Sat & Sun).

Phase 2

  • Training in all areas of business including market research & validation, financial planning & management, business processes, IP protection, product development, team development, and sales & pitching skills.
  • Mentoring from experienced business advisers and practitioners.

  • Office and other business incubation facilities, funded hot desk.

  • Networking with other entrepreneurs and business support agencies.

  • Peer-group learning from participants in the region and across the country.

  • Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks.

  • Access to entrepreneurship best practice, both national and international.

  • Access to expertise in Enterprise Ireland, including their Market Research Centre.

  • 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.


Who Should Apply?

The Programme is targeted at Entrepreneurs and Founders with early-stage start-up companies. The Programme is open to applications from a range of sectors including; information and communication technology, engineering and electronics, medical devices, biotechnology, pharma, digital media, cleantech/renewable energy and eligible internationally traded services. Ideally candidates have the following characteristics

  • 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 investment to support business growth.

How to apply?

Applications are now open for the next Phase 2 programme at the LINC, TU Dublin Blanchardstown. The closing date for receipt of applications is the 30th of September 2020.

The full-time 6 month programme is scheduled to commence in November 2020. We strongly recommend having an initial discussion to explore if this programme is the right one for you.

We will be running an online group information session on the 23rd of September 2020 where we hope to answer any of your questions.

Please email to request an application form & to register for the online information session.