Seasoned Entrepreneurs, Senior Managers and Business Owners

VITAL is a link to a pool of relevant evaluated business ideas supporting the development of business ventures.

It provides a customised range of support that can assist you to fast track new validated ideas to market.

It includes provision for a priming fund to test market attractivness and technically validate ideas early on and ensures greater success rates.

It makes available the Intellectual Property (IP) of idea generators to grow the SME base, including that which exists within Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Queens University, Belfast.

It offers talented technology entrepreneurs a real alternative to the franchising model.

It will leave a legacy of knowledge and skills for SMEs / Entrepreneurs to effectively repeat the process following completion of the programme.

Please note that the implementation of VITAL ideas through existing businesses and new start-up businesses must be within the INTERREG IVA eligible region of Northern Ireland (outside of the Greater Belfast Region) and the six border counties of Ireland.

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Dundalk Institute of Technology


Invent DCU

Queens Univeristy Belfast


This project has been supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body