Eligibility criteria

Prior to submitting a Phase I application form, companies must ensure that they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Irish/Northern Irish substantially privately owned, managed and controlled companies (incorporated in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland)
  • Turnover in excess of €5 million (£4 million)
  • Established for at least 5 years
  • Demonstration of superior results over past 3 years (in relation to their peers)

The following companies are ineligible:

  • Public companies
  • Foreign multinationals and their subsidiaries
  • Credit unions/insurance companies/banks/co-ops
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations and their subsidiaries
  • Government-owned/public sector agencies
  • Partnerships

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