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New Frontiers Training

New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for innovative, early-stage startups. It is a three-phased programme, based in 14 campus incubation centres across Ireland

New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur programme for growth oriented, early stage startups. It is delivered by 13 Incubation Centres attached to the Institutes of Technology in Cork, Limerick, Tralee, Galway, Athlone and NUI Maynooth, Sligo, Letterkenny, Tallaght, Blanchardstown, Carlow, Waterford, Dundalk, and DIT (Hothouse Programme). I am very familiar with New Frontiers around the country given my experience as Enterprise Acceleration Centre Manager in LIT when I managed the LEAP programme with Graham Royce.


New Frontiers is part of Enterprise Ireland’s suite of supports designed to assist businesses to evolve as HPSUs – it includes a €15,000 tax free grant. Apply directly to your Institute of choice – contact details on EI website.


A New Frontiers Trainer & Mentor


In each of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016 I delivered workshops for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of New Froniters in a small number of Institutes: GMIT – Galway and Castlebar; IT Sligo and LyIT; DKIT and DCU; and LIT and Institute of Technology Tralee.

Donncha Hughes GMIT New Frontiers Phase 1

Group Training – Participation, Interaction & Structure + Deliverables


My 2016 DKIT Phase 1 schedule:

•  ‘Is there a market’ : Monday 15th February (Evening), RDC
• ‘How strong is the competition’ : Wednesday 17th February (Evening), RDC


My 2016 GMIT Phase 1 schedule:

•  Create Your Lean Canvas : Early April, GMIT Room 1041
•  Create Your Lean Canvas : Early April, IiBC Castlebar
•  Focus on the Entrepreneur : TBA, IiBC Castlebar (evening)
•  Focus on the Entrepreneur : TBA, GMIT Room 1041 (evening)


My 2016 Phase 2 schedule:


My main areas of New Frontiers delivery are:

•  Market Validation
•  Lean Startup Marketing
• Negotiation
• Lean Startup to include Lean Canvas
• Business Model Generation
• Sales
• Preparing an Investor Ready Business Plan (to include CSF)
• One to one Business Plan Reviews


I am happy to submit tender documents as part of the procurement process for this training.


In 2015, as part of the Bridgewater team, I delivered 3 workshops and managed two deliverables (market validation, and sales and marketing) for DKIT. This was our 3rd year securing this tender.


I delivered the first Workshop in Phase 2 in Institute of Technology Tralee, in 2015 (and other years)


My largest New Frontiers engagement is with Phase 2 in IT Sligo/ Letterkenny IT. A detailed work programme is delivered to include group and one to one training to assist participants to develop an investor ready business plan and robust financial projections for their business.


A New Frontiers Blogger


2013 published on my own blog : What Enterprise Ireland are looking for in a New Frontiers Application


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2014 published on New Frontiers Blog: How to craft your Value Proposition – a tool and a formula


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2015 published on New Frontiers Blog: Goals & Milestones for Growth Focused Businesses

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2016 published on my own blog via :Two articles about applying for Competitive Start Fund (CSF)

Inspired Startups articles on CSF


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