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Interested in New Frontiers Phase 1 or Phase 2?

Although New Frontiers is a national, standardised programme, the application process and criteria vary from one location to another. Programmes around the country start at different times of the year (see our calendar of application deadlines) but you can register your interest below at any time.

These are the steps involved if you’re interested in participating on the New Frontiers programme:

Check your eligibility

Before anything else, check to see if you are eligible! Read the Eligibility Criteria and our FAQs. New Frontiers is a programme for first-time entrepreneurs with an innovative business idea that has export and employment potential, but there are some categories of business that are excluded.

Check the dates

The application process and timetables vary from one location to another. Check the calendar to see when your chosen programme is open for applications. Pick a nearby location to benefit from local supports and networking events (you will also have to attend sessions on campus during the programme).

Register your interest

You register your interest by completing the form below. This is not the application form, we are just gathering some initial information! You can use the form to contact more than one location (just resubmit the form) or to register again if you have not managed to get on the programme in the past.

Tell us more

Once the application period is open, the Programme Manager from your chosen location will be in touch to discuss your business idea and establish if the programme is a good fit for you. If you both agree, they will send you the appropriate application form to fill out.

Complete your application

Remember that places are offered on a competitive basis after appraisal of your application form and, in the case of Phase 2, an interview. You will find some general application guidance in the blogs Top tips for applying to New Frontiers and Tips for Phase 2 applications.

Wait for our response

Continue working on your business idea while you wait to find out if your application was successful. You can keep up to date with the latest New Frontiers news by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as signing up to the newsletter.

Get started!

Register your interest here:

    What is your preferred location? *

    Your name *

    Your email *

    Your phone number *

    Which phase are you interested in? *

    Describe your idea *

    For example: What is the problem/gap/opportunity you've spotted? What's the market for your product/solution? How far along are you in developing this idea?

    The New Frontiers programme helped me to understand what investors are looking for within a business plan. Phase 2 allowed me to test my assumptions and make the necessary changes within a supportive environment. Everyone wants you and your business to succeed.

    Ivan Tuohy, Great Visitor Experiences

    The programme gave me fabulous networking and learning opportunities, I actually met our now CTO and co-founder during Phase 2 at the Synergy Centre two years ago. We’ve received invaluable help and advice from experienced mentors and also was able to avail of the Market Research Centre who gave us access to several detailed reports on our industry and its trends.

    Sonia Neary, Wellola

    For me, the purpose of joining New Frontiers was not only to develop our investor-ready skillset but also to improve my personal business skills, network and exposure to the start-up community in Ireland. The programme gave me the confidence I needed and also showed us the support available from Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland to grow our business.

    Derya Sousa, Kianda Technologies

    New Frontiers brought clarity, focus and a real solid sense check on whether my idea for Frankli had the potential to be a viable, scalable business. The detailed business plan output from the programme laid a solid foundation from which we continue to execute today.

    Noel Dykes, Frankli Communication Technologies

    New Frontiers facilitated the growth of TeachKloud in just under 6 months. TeachKloud went from an idea to a viable business with the training and support offered through New Frontiers. The peer to peer support is also invaluable. Having New Frontiers based in the Rubicon is a key feature of the programme as participants have access to the full Rubicon Team in addition to the other supports available on the Cork Campus.

    Wendy Oke, TeachKloud

    New Frontiers is a place where you can shape your idea into a business with a group of peers and prepare your business plan for scrutiny from venture capitalists. It’s been instrumental in establishing a solid base for our continued success and the contacts we made during the programme will of course always be useful for advice and guidance going forward.

    David Whelan, Immersive VR Education