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Supporting Start-Ups

New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a National Entrepreneur Development Programme aimed at supporting the establishment and growth of technology or knowledge intensive ventures with potential to trade internationally and create employment in Ireland.

DkIT in collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU) is now offering this comprehensive programme of supports for start-ups with new and innovative business ideas that have high commercial and export potential.

New Frontiers at DkIT


The New Frontiers programme will give you access to supports like a desk in a campus incubator, 1-to-1 mentoring from start-up experts, business master-classes and networking with potential investors plus up to €15,000 in financial support to accelerate your business start-up.

Phase 1

This lasts two months, is part-time and offers training in key business areas. This phase is focused on helping you determine your business case (feasibility)

Workshops are delivered part time over six weeks (2 evenings per week) with facilitators introducing entrepreneurs to start-up strategies, finance, pitching, market research & more.

Located in Invent DCU and the Regional Development Centre, DkIT.

Phase 2

This lasts circa 6 months, is full-time, offers in-depth training, as well as €15,000 funding and free incubator hot-desk space. This phase focusses on helping you develop an investor ready plan.

The training builds on Phase 1 with workshops and added one-to-one mentor clinics on start-up strategies, finance, pitching, market research, sales & more.

Phase 3

This is a full-time period of flexible support focussed on business growth. The aim of this phase is to help successful participants raise investment and expand internationally.

Participants are offered incubator space. Select training, masterclasses and invitations to key start-up events.

Who should apply?

We look for entrepreneurs who can demonstrate the capability and commitment needed to develop a sustainable internationally traded business. If you believe you can achieve a turnover greater than €500,000 and create more than 5 jobs in 3 to 5 years, we want to hear from you.

Opening & Start Dates:

Register your interest in New Frontiers here and we will notify you when applications open for the next phase Applications from tech and innovative start-ups are particularly encouraged. However, all sectors are welcome to apply!

Register Your Interest in New Frontiers

Student Enterprise

Dundalk Institute of Technology aims to develop Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial students throughout the campus. Entrepreneurship modules are taught in almost all disciplines and courses offered by the Institute and the RDC provides a number of practical supports for students and staff wishing to determine commercial feasibility of an idea or to start and grow a business.

This support helped DkIT student Warren Stevely (BSc (Hons) in Engineering Entrepreneurship) win the Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys’ High Achieving Merit Award at the 2018 Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards.



Student Enterprise at DkIT

Questions about how we support start-ups?

  • David Connolly
  • New Frontiers Programme Manager
  • Garrett Duffy
  • Incubation Centre Manager