Investor-Ready Preparation

Dublin BIC Smart Start

Our Smart Start programmes began as an initiative to support and guide entrepreneurs at an early stage. We have since developed and expanded our programmes to support start-ups and scale-ups whether they are at the concept, seed or scaling development stage. 

Dublin BIC actively supports entrepreneurs with a range of workshops and accelerators. The programmes below will offer you guidance and support no matter where in the journey you are. 

Dublin BIC Smart Start delivers a range of accelerators and workshops, choose from the images below:


Sprint, an Enterprise Ireland accelerator delivered by Dublin BIC, is designed to help pre-investment start-ups get investor-ready in a short time frame. During this programme, participants will acquire an understanding of: 

  • How to develop a compelling customer value proposition
  • Identify and segment customers
  • Develop a deep understanding of the sales process
  • The importance of customer validation
  • Meet with investor's and experienced entrepreneurs 
  • Attendees are invited by Enterprise Ireland via email, a fee of  €125 applies to successful applicants  
  • Watch the Sprint testimonial video now. 

The next 3-day sprint programme will commence in 2021. This programme is delivered by Dublin BIC and will take place virtually through Zoom. Further details will be provided following registration and payment.

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The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capacity to become a High Potential Start-up and succeed in global markets.  HPSU's are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service and to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up. 

Dublin BIC together with Enterprise Ireland has designed a half-day workshop for all CSF calls. During this interactive workshop we will cover the following: 

  • A detailed look at the application form
  • Advice and instruction on how to record the video pitch 
  • A step by step guide on the financial and marketing components 
  • An experienced presenter will touch on the do's and don't of a successful application 
  • All CSF applications must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates. 
  • All applications are subject to review and will be determined based on their HPSU eligibility 


Enterprise Start 2 (ES2) delivered by Dublin BIC on behalf of Enterprise Ireland. ES2 is designed to assist first-time entrepreneurs to evaluate their business ideas. This virtual group workshop is delivered via Zoom over a half-day where an experienced consultant will: 

  • Challenge your early-stage business ideas
  • Develop a framework around how to begin the journey to market
  • Focus on defining the customer problem and your early value proposition 
  • Give you an understanding of the journey ahead and whether entrepreneurship is a viable option for you
  • An additional one to one mentoring session is available to further discuss the next steps for your business opportunity 

If you are interested in attending our next ES2 workshop

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Now in its fourth year, Innovate is an accelerator delivered by Dublin BIC on behalf of Enterprise Ireland, specifically for female-led start-ups. This accelerator has been designed to advance the ambitions of early-stage female-led companies and get them investor-ready with 12 weeks. Participants will be selected by Enterprise Ireland following the announcement of the winners from the CSF Female Entrepreneurs call. 

During this 12 week programme you will: 

  • Develop an investor-ready business plan 
  • Validate a scalable business proposition with a robust financial model 
  • Learn to pitch with an experienced pitch advisor 
  • Understand the route to market, define your customers and how to reach them 
  • Meet with investors and develop a deeper understanding of the investment process 
  • Network and learn from fellow entrepreneurs 
  • Participate in the Innovate Programme Finale, pitching to a room of investors 

Previous participants include Apis Protect, Wellola, BeeInstant, Hidramed, Peachylean, Hidden Heroes, Squid and more. For more information on the Innovate programme

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The Breakthrough Innovation Programme delivered by the Local Enterprise Office and Dublin BIC brings you through a disciplined framework to analyse where the innovation potential lies in your enterprise and how you can capitalise on those opportunities to strive for growth. 

Aimed at established businesses (trading on average 3 years+), with between 3 - 50 employees and turnover of approx. €250,000, the Breakthrough Innovation Programme will help you take your enterprise to the next level by delivering sophisticated breakthrough innovations.

The Breakthrough Innovation Programme is for you if: 

  • You have a burning ambition to grow your business
  • You find yourself wishing you could create more value or improve or transform your enterprise 
  • You wonder is there a better way of doing business 
  • You struggle to identify the right innovation opportunities
  • You are unsure where within your organisation, with whom or how to innovate for breakthrough impact
  • You lack a disciplined approach to tackle the innovation challenge 

Commitment is 25 hours including two workshop days and multiple 1:1 touch points with a qualified consultant. 

Email: for more information and to register your interest.


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