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New Frontiers application deadline extended to 10 September for early-stage entrepreneurs

New Frontiers Martin PhelanEarly-stage entrepreneurs from across the south east are invited to apply for the six week New Frontiers programme.  

Some high profile past participants include:

  • David Whelan, Immersive VR Education, Waterford.
  • Edward Hendrick, Sonru, Wexford.
  • Anthony Cronin, Flexiwage, Tallow, Co. Waterford. 
  • Jens Kopke, Moto Klik, Kilkenny
  • Gery McCauley, OmniSpirant, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

The programme is run by the WIT School of Business from ArcLabs, the innovation hub based at WIT’s West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.  

Past participants say the free course has saved them from making the wrong financial decisions in relation to their business, as well as giving them the tools to take their idea or start-up to the next step.  

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020 at 4pm Applicants apply online at www.wit.ie/newfrontiers

New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology, Dr Eugene Crehan explains the time commitment for Phase 1 is just two evenings per week, starting from 15 September 2020.  

“The impact of Covid-19 will result in innovation and people who are inspired to come up with digital solutions and new ways of doing business. Phase 1 of the programme will help would-be entrepreneurs or innovating start-ups and small businesses develop their ideas. Some participants will go onto Phase 2 which starts in December.” 

In 2016 €1.5m in Enterprise Ireland funding was announced to support early-stage entrepreneurs over five years across the south east region. Successful applicants to Phase 2 received €15,000 financial support available to further develop their innovative business start-up. Paid in tax free monthly instalments of €2,500 for six months, this financial support gives people the chance to develop their business while getting paid to do so. 

A number of programme participants have gone on to secure Enterprise Ireland Compatitive Start Funding or to participate in the NDCR at ArcLabs accelerator.  

  • Aidan Foley, Raceix, Ardmore, Co. Waterford 
  • Fergal Dearle, Stackolater, Baldwinstown, Co. Wexford
  • David Creevy, Sipario, New Ross, Co. Wexford

 Over the summer an online virtual showcase of the most recent New Frontiers participants took place.

Awards and winners:

  1. Best Business Plan: Niamh Byrne, Buyerpix, Gorey, Co Wexford
  2. Most Innovative  Idea: Laurence Fitzhenry, OcuDelLtd, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny
  3. Best Business Opportunity: Martin Phelan, Jenkinstown Co Kilkenny, Bull Shark Technologies Ltd 

Their showcase can be found online at: 



And on LinkedIn via the LinkedIn profile of programme leader Dr Eugene Crehan 


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