Applications Open for EI’s “Access Silicon Valley”

25 August 2014 – The Access Silicon Valley programme, run by Enterprise Ireland, is accepting applications for the kick off in September.

The programme is designed to fast-track Irish technology companies who are targeting Silicon Valley and San Francisco – the leading start-up ecosystem for high-tech innovation and development in the world.

This programme will provide insights into the nuts and bolts of launching your company or product, including the funding required to do so. It will drive you to deliver tangible strategies and market entry plans relevant to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco marketplace and to identify key sales and partnership targets. Access Silicon Valley also covers business/cultural differences and has a strong focus on pitching and presenting.

You will benefit by:

  • Participating in an intensive three-day Bootcamp in Dublin (29th September – 1st October 2014).
  • Access to one-to-one US industry-relevant mentoring
  • Working with your assigned mentor to develop a tailored 10 day itinerary to Silicon Valley to include introductions to relevant industry contacts, insiders and experts who will provide you with valuable feedback on the potential of your product or service to the valley marketplace. The itinerary will take place between 10th – 21st November 2014).
  • Having the opportunity to leverage Enterprise Ireland’s significant industry network in San Francisco.

Am I eligible? Who should apply?

The Access Silicon Valley Programme is designed for Irish Technology companies who are developing a specific US West Coast (Silicon Valley/San Francisco) market entry strategy.


What level of funding is available?

Enterprise Ireland will fund 80% of the overall programme participation leaving a cost to participating companies as follows:

Phase 1 & 2 The fee for phases 1 & 2 will be €500 (this fee will cover 2 participants from each company attending the bootcamp)
Phase 3 For those companies progressing to Phase 3, a fee of €1,550 + VAT will be required following completion of the Bootcamp and before the US Itinerary is confirmed.

Please note that all US travel, accommodation and transport costs must be covered by the participants.


How to Apply?

Recruitment for Access Silicon Valley will be a competitive process. Please apply by accessing the following link:

The application form will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and the information you provide will be used to assess your suitability for the programme. All completed applications must be submitted by 29th August, 2014.

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