About New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a three-phase programme that is designed to provide an integrated and comprehensive set of business development supports to participants.

Phase 1 - Testing the business

The first phase will be part-time over an 8-10 week period and will help you to validate the market potential of your business idea. These weekend and evening workshops will provide information and general start-up training, allowing you to tease out the feasibility of your business idea and to see whether a viable proposition exists.

Phase 2 - Planning the business

Following a competitive selection process, committed participants who have a strong value proposition and can demonstrate that their business proposition has potential to grow and create jobs may be offered a place on Phase 2.

If successful, you will receive intensive support for six months to develop both your own skills and to work up your business proposition. This will entail full-time participation in workshops, mentoring and regular reviews. Using these supports, you will fully detail and validate your business proposition and identify potential customers, sales channels and funding options.

You must be available for full-time participation. To facilitate this, you will receive up to €15,000 in funding subject to satisfactory development reviews (*income tax liability will be the sole responsibility of the participant, and individuals are encouraged to seek professional advice on this).

The aim of this phase is to support you in your development of an investor-ready business proposition.

Phase 3 - Developing the business

On the basis of their potential to develop sales and/or secure investment, businesses emerging from Phase 2 will then be guided to the government supports that can best help them at their particular stage of development. Further incubation facilities and support may be available to participants for a limited period.

We are currently closed for applications - If you would like to be notified when we next open for applications please register your interest here

Schedule for New Frontiers

New Frontiers Phase 2 - 2019

Event                          Date

Applications Open         11th October 2018

Applications Close         8th November 2018

Programme Start          21th January 2019

Programme End            27th June 2019


New Frontiers Phase 2 - 2019

Applications Open         End April 2019

Applications Close         End May 2019

Programme Start          Mid July 2019

Programme End            Mid December 2019

New Frontiers Phase 1 - 2019

Event                          Date

Applications Open         July 2019

Applications Close         August 2019

Programme Start          September 2019

Programme End            End of October 2019

*Dates are subject to change

What does New Frontiers provide entrepreneurs?

  • Training in all areas of business including financial management, market research & validation, business process, patenting, product development, sales training.
  • Mentoring from experienced business advisers and practitioners.
  • Office and other business incubation facilities.
  • €15,000 from Enterprise Ireland for individuals participating in Phase 2 (*income tax liability will be the sole responsibility of the participant, and individuals are encouraged to seek professional advice).
  • Networking with other entrepreneurs and business development agencies.
  • Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks.
  • Access to entrepreneurship best practice, both national and international.
  • Peer-group learning from participants in the region and across the country.
  • Access to expertise in Enterprise Ireland through our market information centre.
  • Expertise from the institutes of technology and the supportive environment of their business incubation centres.

This programme can help you if you:

  • can demonstrate the capability and commitment needed to develop a sustainable business.
  • are ambitious, intending that your enterprise will achieve turnover greater than €500,000 and create more than five jobs in three to five years.
  • plan to build your business on a strong foundation of innovation and/or technology.
  • can provide evidence of a commercial market for your proposed product or service.
  • propose setting up an enterprise that is a manufacturing or internationally traded services business, or a new domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally.

We accept applications from a diversity of sectors including:

  • food & consumer products
  • information & communication technology
  • engineering & electronics
  • medical devices
  • biotechnology, pharma
  • digital media
  • eligible internationally traded services

The Programme

New Frontiers is a three-phase programme that is designed to provide an integrated and comprehensive set of business development supports to participants.