Graduate Start Fund

What is the Graduate Start Fund?

he €500,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to ten successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3 pm on Tuesday, 24th April 2018. The graduate entrepreneurship fund is to encourage entrepreneurship among graduates who run startups that can succeed in global markets.

Graduate Start Fund

Enterprise Ireland is to provide funding for early-stage start-ups established by graduates working across a number of technology subsectors, including cloud computing, software-as-a-service, enterprise software, cleantech, gaming, mobile and apps. The initiative provides valuable business support and networking opportunities to innovative entrepreneurs and companies at the start of their journey, and provides a platform from which they can progress their business.

The Competitive Start Fund can help entrepreneurs to:

  • Develop their business with a €50,000 investment
  • Grow as leaders and decision makers through tailored supports
  • Expand their networks and work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs


The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets and the graduate entrepreneurship call specifically is to encourage entrepreneurship among graduates. Under the organisation’s €500,000 competitive start fund, Enterprise Ireland will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for a 10 per cent stake in start-ups run by graduates.

The Competitive Start Fund is part of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for increasing the number and quality of High Potential Start-Up companies that have the potential to employ more than 10 people and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years