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Eligibility Criteria

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for Elevate support, businesses must:

  • Have less than 10 employees.
  • Be a manufacturing or tradable service business with an annual turnover below €1.8m/£1.5m.
  • Be an indigenous business registered in Ireland or Northern Ireland
  • Have a satisfactory track record and a minimum 12 months sales history in their home market.
  • Demonstrate uniqueness and that their business does not displace existing products/services in the target market.
  • Be focused on winning new cross-border sales.
  • Have generated less than 30% of their total sales in the target cross-border market in the last financial year.
  • Have the capacity (human, financial and production) to deliver the project.
  • Have not previously participated on InterTradeIreland ‘Acumen’ programme.

Sole Traders and partnerships that satisfy the eligibility criteria are welcome to apply.

Ineligible Sectors

Businesses involved in the following sectors are not considered eligible for Elevate funding: Wholesale/retail, distribution, tourism, hospitality, primary agriculture, personal services and professional business services.

Elevate funding is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid or if applicable in accordance with Minimal Financial Assistance as detailed in the UK Subsidy Control Bill. The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid received in the last 3 years and if applicable the amounts of any subsidies received under Article 364(4) Minimal Financial Assistance of the subsidy control chapter of the TCA in the current and last 2 fiscal years. It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the De Minimis threshold of €200,000 being exceeded (or £315,000 in the case of Minimal Financial Assistance) could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.

If your business meets the criteria, please proceed with your application.

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