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New Frontiers Training

An expert Trainer for New Frontiers programmes both Phase 1 and 2 across the country. Deliver workshops  and integrated modules on  Business Planning, Marketing and market validation, plus Financial Projections and Pitching.


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


Since 2012, I have 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; Institute of Technology Tralee; and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Donncha Hughes GMIT New Frontiers Phase 1

Group Training – Participation, Interaction & Structure + Deliverables


My 2019 GMIT Phase 1 schedule:

•  Create Your Lean Canvas : Saturday 6th April, GMIT Room 1041
•  Focus on the Entrepreneur : 17th April, iHubs Castlebar (evening – 6pm to 9pm)
•  Focus on the Entrepreneur : 16th April, GMIT (evening – 6pm)


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
• One to one Business Plan Reviews

IT Sligo/Letterkenny IT


My biggest time and effort committment for the last few years is with IT Sligo and LyIT.


► In 2018, the entire Phase 1 progamme was delivered in Letterkenny for IT Sligo with another superb trainer, Jenni Timony. Business Pitch preparation is a major element of this 6 day programme. Practice pitches for Phase 2 application are recorded with feedback provided.


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. The Business Planning module involves group training and 1:2:1 follow up on market validation, financial projection preparation, business plan document preparation and review. I also deliver specific CSF training to include application and pitch/script review.


A New Frontiers Blogger


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


Banner for New Frontiers Blogpost 2


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


Value Proposition Canvas


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

Milestone Mix

2018,the New Frontiers blog featured an article titled, ‘A Crowdfunding Conversation wtih Crua Outdoors’ which included a YouTube video (40 minutes).


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

Inspired Startups articles on CSF

I am happy to submit tender documents as part of the procurement process for this training. Contact me at donncha(at) to initiate a discussion


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