EI Propel Programme for Border Startups

3rd of April 2009 by conor

The Propel Programme is run by Enterprise Ireland and is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary business skills to establish a successful global business. (Note that URL is not loading for me at the moment)


Propel will run for one year and is open to those currently located, or planning to locate, in one of the six border counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan or Sligo.

They will provide:

  • Financial support of up to €30,000 (was €38k until recent cutbacks)
  • Business start-up training
  • Specialised expertise and mentoring
  • Access to potential investors
  • Access to local and global contacts and networks
  • Hot desk facilities

I assume Propel was modelled on the huge successes of Genesis, Hothouse, M50, EAC etc rather than being created from scratch by consultants. If you are in Munster, applications for Genesis are still being accepted.

Final date for receipt of applications for Propel is 24 April 2009. Email startup@propelprogramme.ie or call (01) 605 9180

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9 Responses to “EI Propel Programme for Border Startups”

i heard about your programme earlie today and it sounds very exciting. i am from cavan and am working at my own start up business in cavan for the past year. i design and manufacture knitwear clothing and accessories for retail in ireland and abroad. in my first month of trading i exported to wales, scotland, northern ireland and japan (rep of ireland also). i am registered with the crafts council of ireland and also with the cavan enterprise board. i would love to hear more about the application process. my contact number is 087 6175117.
looking forward to hearing from you.
with kindest regards
sinead clarke.

Sinead, we’re only passing on the message here. You should contact the Propel people directly if you want to progress this. Best of luck!

Lets hope they will actually be able to get http://www.propelprogramme.ie/ up and running before the 24th April cut-off so we can read the more detail promised by the various EI promo. Paddy and Pat it looks so far…

Half an hour spent creating a few static pages on yola.com would be enough. Perhaps instead they have engaged some high end consultants to create the ultimate web-site?

Anyone know if the Financial support is just a CORD grant?

It looks like it based on the numbers but I don’t know for sure.

I will check tomorrow. For those thinking of applying. If it is CORD then they are only giving it out to about 40% of applications at the moment. Just because you get on the programme does not mean you will get financial support.

But that doesn’t mean that the other supports are not worth it. I found the expertise on offer in Hothouse to be invaluable.

I have very recently set up a leather assessories label In Sligo. It is very much in its early stages. I am very interested in this program, does anyone know how and when you should apply to be on it ?
Anna 087-6853095

It looks like the web-site has finally gone live Anna (a week before the deadline!) and they have all the info there.