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Eventbrite - Bizmentors presents CSF Masterclass with Donncha Hughes, Business Advisor Click EventBrite Button above to book to attend the FREE CSF Masterclass on Thursday 1st March 2018 hosted by in SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane Galway.

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Donncha Hughes is also delivering the Masterclass in the Regional Development Centre, DKIT on Friday 2nd March. Book via EventBrite – free to attend.

The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is undoubtedly a significant component of Enterprise Ireland’s suite of financial supports for early stage startups as per this Slideshare.


EI Financial Supports
Source: Slideshare Donnchadh Cullinan, Enterprise Ireland for Waterford Startup Gathering


I recently wrote two blogpost articles for with advice for startup promoters in terms of completing their application for Enterprise Ireland’s CSF. This short article outlines the key themes addressed by each post.


Disclaimer: Ideas and advice in both articles are those of the author and don’t necessarily reflect those of Enterprise Ireland. 


Article 1: What Enterprise Ireland is looking for in a Competitive Start Fund (CSF) Application


This post was written for applicants who are actively looking for pointers on how to complete the CSF application – it provides 12 tips garnered from experience of reading over 200 applications. The post aimed to answer the question, ‘Does this application fully reflect the potential of my business?’  It also provided some background information on CSF to include useful links provided by Enterprise Ireland: Read more….


Article 2: Creating a Winning Video Pitch for Stage 1 CSF Application for Enterprise Ireland


The follow up post focused on one critical aspect of the Stage 1 application for Competitive Start Fund – the video pitch which is worth 25% of the available marks. It contains nine points to consider when completing the video to again communicate the potential and value of the business you are pitching. Read more …


Both articles were well received on and shared on Social Media. I hope they continue to be of benefit – I believe that I have a good insight in this area and am happy to share my thoughts.

Best regards

donncha (@donnchadhh)

p.s Thanks to Rado of for publishing my articles – and congrats on creating a valuable resource for Startups!

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