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Do you have an innovative business idea? New Frontiers Programme New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme, funded and coordinated by Enterprise Ireland and delivered in the Midlands Mid-East region by Athlone Institute of Technology in partnership with NUI Maynooth.



New Frontiers 2012 offers: n S tructured business development training over an intensive 6-month period commencing in July 2012 n S tate-of-the-art start-up facilities at Athlone Institute of Technology and NUI Maynooth n €15,000 salary support from Enterprise Ireland n A  ccess to the facilities and resources of AIT and NUI Maynooth

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n Access to industry expertise and networks


n Business strategy development, planning and execution n 1:1 mentoring and business coaching n A  further 4-month business development support phase for qualifying participants n No participant fee

Pre Programme 2012

Business Feasibility Workshops A series of Workshops to help prospective entrepreneurs to develop their business proposition will be held in AIT and NUI Maynooth in May-June 2012. Participants who complete the Workshops will be encouraged to apply for New Frontiers Programme 2012 commencing in July.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW INVITED for NEW FRONTIERS Programme 2012. For more information please see

New Frontiers Programme 2012 provides high potential entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups with the business skills, networks, facilities and supports necessary to navigate the business startup process from concept to successful commercialisation. The Programme is based in the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre at AIT and the John Hume Building at NUI Maynooth.

Europharma Concepts - an Enterprise Ireland ‘High Potential StartUp’ - is an international contract manufacturing and healthcare product development company employing 40 people in Clara Co Offaly with turnover of €4.2m.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, and Ann Marie Durkin, CEO Shasta Shasta - an Enterprise Ireland ‘High Potential Start-Up’ - develops unique and innovative baby products. Shasta’s first product, Steri-Soother, was the world’s first pre-sterilised soother. Shasta’s latest product, SteriOva, a portable baby bottle sterilizer, has been developed in collaboration with the Materials Research Institute and the Bioscience Research Institute at AIT and is poised for worldwide launch.

Michéal Coughlan, Marketing Director, and Declan Lenahan, CEO, Europharma Concepts

According to Michéal Coughlan, Marketing Director Europharma Concepts, “As a start-up company, the Enterprise Programme greatly assisted Europharma by providing structured training and support in the key commercial elements of developing and running a successful business. In addition to mentoring, training and facilities, the networking opportunities were invaluable towards validating and growing Europharma’s business value proposition.”

Enterprise Ireland Support “Increasing the number of new high-growth export focused businesses in the region is a key objective for Enterprise Ireland. We are fully committed to working in partnership with these companies to help them build their capabilities and secure international market access for their products and services.” Dr Michael Brougham Regional Director, Enterprise Ireland

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Access to the expertise and facilities of AIT and NUI Maynooth Joint AIT and NUI Maynooth R&D capability in Biosciences,  Immunology, Chemistry, Materials, Design Innovation, Prototyping, Software, Multimedia, Networks, ICT, Electronic Engineering and GeoComputation AIT and NUI Maynooth Business Schools Student work placement / project work Access to AIT and NUI Maynooth Libraries and online databases

Applications are now invited for New Frontiers Programme 2012. For more information please see and/or contact: Michael Lonergan, MIRC Manager / Bert Farrell, Programme Manager Tel: 090-6471882 / 090-6483043 Email: /

New Frontiers brochure  

New Frontiers at AIT and NUI Maynooth brochure

New Frontiers brochure  

New Frontiers at AIT and NUI Maynooth brochure