Accelerators & Incubators
For a city of its size, Dublin boasts a significant number of innovation centres, business accelerators and startup incubators. These all offer a wide range of support and guidance, helping entrepreneurs to realise their ideas and develop their business. For a comprehensive list please visit Map of Ireland’s Startup Sector and check out Dublin’s list of innovation centres, business accelerators and startup incubators.
Funding & Seed Capital
Finding capital to get your business idea off the ground or to further expand your company can be a difficult task. Where do I start? Who do I talk to? How much can I get? These are probably just a few of the questions you will have when you’re looking for funding. Thankfully there’s a range of options available to you in Dublin. As well as opportunities for funding from the likes of LEO’s and Enterprise Ireland there are also funds and competitions aimed at startups and growing businesses. Please see our Business Supports section for more.
Just some of the funds and programmes in Dublin
NDRC Launchpad, NDRC’s Female Founder startup initiative, NDRC VentureLab, Propeller Venture Accelerator programme, Graduate Start Fund, Google Venture’s $100m pot for start-ups, Mastercard’s e-commerce-focused accelerator, NovaUCD, Dogpatch Labs, Startupbootcamp Ireland, Seedcamp, UCD Student Innovation Fund, Dell’s €10m fund for Irish tech startups, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, The Versari Hub, The SAP Startup Focus Program, Food Acadmey Start Programme, Music Startups backed by Guinness, Optimese e-commerce fund, Origin8 from NCAD, Opel’s Springboard Grad Prog.
Here’s a list of venture capitalists located in Dublin.
Communication is key to success and in Dublin there are plenty of groups and events where you can link-up with like-minded people, discuss your ideas, talk about your business or just listen to people who have been where you are now. Check the StartupDigest for Dublin and Google Meetups for more.