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New Frontiers Programme

National Programme for Developing Entrepreneurs

Register Your Interest

Phase 2 Programme - Deadline - Monday, 17th January 2022 

New Frontiers is the national programme designed to develop entrepreneurs, delivered on behalf of Enterprise Ireland. The programme is designed around three phases with the aim of building your confidence and skills to develop your business idea within a supportive and encouraging environment.

The New Frontiers programme consists of practical and interactive workshops, personalised one-to-one mentoring, financial support and co-working space, New Frontiers is a game changer for anyone serious about developing their business idea into a successful start-up.

The Media Cube manages this programme in partnership with NovaUCD.

New Frontiers at the IADT Media Cube and NovaUCD

New Frontiers is the national entrepreneur development programme supported by Enterprise Ireland, serving South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and North Wicklow areas.

The New Frontiers programme is a partnership programme delivered by the IADT Media Cube and NovaUCD, with IADT, acting as the lead partner.

It is a three-phase programme designed to provide a comprehensive set of business development mentoring supports as well as funding support to participants. It is the ultimate support to help you to develop your business idea into a successful start-up enterprise with the potential to scale internationally.

Phase 1 of the New Frontiers Programme will be delivered part-time: Programme A -  two evenings a week, commencing October 5th 2021. Applications for Programme A are now closed.


Programme B - over two weekends.

Phase 1: Programme 5th Oct – 21st Nov 2021

Phase Dates
Programme A:
Evening Midweek
6-9pm Tuesday & Thursday evenings

5th October – 4th November 2021

Programme B:
Weekend Bootcamp
Friday evening & Saturday/Sunday all day

12th-14th November & 19th – 21st November 2021


The Closing Date for receipt of Applications for Programme B, Phase 1 (weekends), 11.59hrs, Friday, 22nd October 2021.


Phase 2: Programme March – Sept 2022

Phase 2 Dates
Programme Full-Time Intensive Programme

March 2022 –  September 2022

Who should apply?

New Frontiers is designed for entrepreneurs who have an innovative business idea and plan to establish and run their own company in Ireland. The business must have the potential to scale internationally and generate employment.

The Programme is open to business ideas from a range of sectors including food and consumer products; information and communication technology; engineering and electronics; medical devices; biotechnology; pharma; digital media; cleantech/renewable energy; eligible internationally traded services. Places on all phases of New Frontiers are assigned through a competitive process.

Register Your Interest

The programme is divided into three discrete phases:

Phase 1: Investigate

Phase 1 is a part-time evening or weekend programme (Tuesday & Thursday or Friday evening/ Saturday & Sunday) which provides information and general start-up training which helps participants to validate the market viability of their business idea. The aim of Phase 1 is to establish if your idea can be turned into a feasible business proposition.

We are planning two Phase 1 Programmes in October/ November 2021.

Phase 1 Programme A:  Evening Midweek

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6-9pm from 5th October – 4th November 2021.

We are now taking expressions of interest for the evening midweek New Frontiers Phase 1 Programme 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th September 2021.

 Phase 1 Programme B: Weekend Bootcamp:

Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday – 12th/ 13th/ 14th AND 19th/ 20th/ 21st November2021.

We are now taking expressions of interest for the weekend bootcamp New Frontiers Phase 1 Programme 2021. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 7th October 2021.

Phase 2: Develop

Phase 2 is a six-month intensive programme which requires a full time commitment.

  • Training in all areas of business including financial management, market research & validation, business modelling, patenting, product development, marketing and sales.
  • Mentoring from experienced business advisers and practitioners.
  • Office space in the Media Cube, IADT or Nova UCD.
  • €15,000 seed funding scholarship to cover full-time participation in the six-month course.
  • Networking with other entrepreneurs and business development agencies.
  • Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks.
  • Access to entrepreneurship best practice, both national and international.
  • Peer-group learning from participants in the region and across the country.
  • Access to the expertise in Enterprise Ireland through their Market Information Centre.
  • Expertise from Academic staff of IADT and UCD and support from our dedicated New Frontiers team.

Our Phase 2 Programme will run from March 2022 –  September 2022

We are now taking expressions of interest for New Frontiers Phase 2 Programme 2022. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17th January 2022

Phase 3: Grow

Phase 3 gives participants the opportunity to grow their business, their customer base and to generate more sales. Businesses emerging from Phase 2 can apply to participate in Phase 3 of the Programme. During this phase, participants will focus on implementing their Business Plan by bringing their product/service to market and preparing to acquire further funding.

How to apply

Please fill out your contact details in the form below and we will contact you regarding your application to the New Frontiers programme.

If you have any queries please contact newfrontiers@iadt.ie

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