Donnchadh Hughes is a member of Enterprise Ireland's CSF Stage 1 Assessment Panel. Learn how to complete the application form to get shortlisted for Stage 2 Assessment (The Pitch). This is a business investment and proposition pitching masterclass.
Sorry, Donncha for not getting back to you sooner, we are very busy - since I saw you at the Enterprise Ireland Startup Showcase in Croke Park SocialFeedia secured a place on an EU Accelerator with €70,000 in funding. "SocialFeedia secured funding at the 2017 Regional CSF. Without Donncha's help and his expert inside knowledge of the process I am certain that SocialFeedia would not have achieved CSF status. SocialFeedia has used Donncha's principals again in both filling out application forms and pitching to become a winner at the KBC bright idea's competition - I would thoroughly recommend this online CSF Masterclass". Eugene [Crehan, New Frontiers Manager, Arclabs, WIT] asked me to talk to this year's New Frontiers group at a workshop last week and the first thing I said was that if any of them were thinking of applying fo CSF then they should contact you. As you know Social Feedia is a internet food platform for farmers who wish to use the latest technology to trade directly with their customers. At the outset, I suppose I found it difficult to explain my idea with my dyslexia. But you suggested that we focus on the customer problem and the traction gained in the market - good advice for any startup. Most discussions with investors and investment competitions require an application form/business plan document and pitch. What I learned from you in applying (a few times) for CSF was the foundation of a good investor proposition and pitch - the pointers have been used subsequently to good effect. Could I please offer some advice, I think you should have a section on what happens if you do not get CSF, I think the phone call feedback is really important. I think that you need to ask very specific questions. I had my application form printed out in front of me when the phone call was made and then I was able to take down notes for each section, that phone call feels like it goes in seconds (10-15 minutes normally) and it is essentially gold when reapplying. Best of luck with the online training programme - a good investment of time and money for any ambitious startup.