€23 million invested in start-ups by Enterprise Ireland in 2018

Thursday February 14th, 2019

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish companies in global markets, invested €23 million in Irish start-ups in 2018 and supported a total of 132 start-up companies. ireland

Over 600 entrepreneurs and representatives from early stage businesses representing the start-up class of 2018 alongside investors and members of the start-up community convened today at Croke Park for Enterprise Ireland’s Annual Start-up Showcase event.

Investment was provided in the form of equity through Competitive Start Funds (CSFs) and High Potential Start-Up (HPSUs) funding programmes by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Funding awarded to start-ups in 2018 included two calls for up to €1.5 million in funding open to all sectors. €500K in funding targeted recent graduates while €750K in funding was made available through a fintech and deep tech CSF.

Start-ups supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2018 include:

  • 82 High Potential Start-Ups – start-up businesses with the potential to create 10 jobs and €1million in sales within three to four years of starting up
  • 50 Competitive Start Funds (CSFs) – critical early stage funding into new businesses to accelerate growth
  • 28 new female-led HPSUs
  • 15 new fintech HPSUs and a further five fintech start-ups were supported under a dedicated CSF fund
  • 15 spin-out companies from higher education institutions
  • 26 additional HPSUs which received follow-on investment funding as their businesses scaled.

Opening the start-up showcase event in Croke Park, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said:

“I would like to congratulate all the entrepreneurs here today who have taken the brave step to start their own business. All of the start-ups involved today are showcasing best-in-class in innovation and will go on to become part of the growing number of internationally trading Irish companies that each year are contributing to an increase in Irish exports. Support programmes provided by my Department through Enterprise Ireland enable early stage businesses to develop and grow and, ultimately, stimulate local economies, leading to the creation of employment.

As we reach near full employment, our focus must shift to ensuring our workers and firms are resilient in the face of new challenges and embrace new opportunities. In that regard, the Government is developing a new strategic framework called Future Jobs Ireland, which is due to be launched in the coming weeks. Future Jobs Ireland will underpin the next phase of Ireland’s economic development by enhancing productivity, ensuring we have talented workers embedding resilience and securing long-term economic prosperity.”

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