New early stage start-up programme launched

Pictured at the launch are Republic of Work's General manager Frank Brennan and entrepreneur Pat Phelan. (Picture: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO)

A Government initiative to invest in very young digital enterprises and start-ups (NDCR) have launched new supports nationwide to help early stage founders take the first steps to creating globally scalable and innovative tech start-ups.

The Republic of Work, based in Cork City’s South Mall, will serve as a regional centre of excellence, delivering programmes in the south east of the country. 

The support will give founders across Ireland access to a network of globally renowned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors for feedback on their idea, advice on resources that can accelerate the growth of their start-up, and a structured programme to prepare to pitch for investment or to apply to the NDRC Accelerator.

New Office Hours, Founder Weekend and a Pre-Accelerator will be delivered across Ireland by Republic of Work, Dogpatch Labs Dublin, Portershed Galway and RDI Hub Kerry, with each hub providing best-in-class training at a local level.

These programmes are built with a regional mindset, embedded in the community, and drawing on the wealth of entrepreneurial experience across Ireland.

Office Hours will run weekly from 10am-12pm beginning this Friday, February 19th. Applications can be submitted at

Founder Weekends will run every quarter throughout the country starting on March 13-14. Applications are accepted until March 7 at

While the Pre-Accelerator – helping entrepreneurs validate their start-up idea with customers, structure it to get investment, and prepare to get accepted onto the NDRC Accelerator – runs from March 29-May 7th.

To apply before March 7, visit