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.
Guiding early-stage entrepreneurs on business development
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register your interest.
What our clients say
The Innovate programme has been invaluable to our company. I don't believe we would have made the same progress with CSF funding without it.
ITUS Secure Technologies
The Sprint programme was extremely useful to improve our knowledge and thinking. We have definitely learnt a lot. It has challenged our plans and helped us to make progress in launching.
Julia Kettlewell, CR Robotics
The Innovate Programme was really helpful to build a network, learn from others and take practical advice which can be applied to our business. I will really miss the weekly sessions with a peer group of like-minded people.
Sprint 2020 ''The content and delivery was excellent, and the diversity of the agenda and speakers meant it was easy to stay engaged virtually''