Donegal business programme targets high-growth start ups in Philadelphia and Ireland
Donegal Now

High growth start-up technology businesses in Ireland and in the greater Philadelphia area of the USA, are being urged to get involved in a new programme that could see them establish international links in Ireland for the Eurozone and the rest of the world.

The new Delta Accelerator Programme  – will be brought to Philadelphia this month under the banner of “The North West Innovation Fund” in partnership with the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, who are driving the trans-Atlantic project.

According to Michael Tunney (pictured), secretary of the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Head of Enterprise in the county, they are seeking globally ambitious businesses who have already secured some seed investment, to join a cohort of international participants on the programme geared towards helping them navigate the journey to success and growth in the fastest time.

He hopes the programme will draw candidates from University of Delaware, Temple University, Drexel University and Villanova University in the Philadelphia area as well as applicants from Universities all across Ireland.

“We are going to Philadelphia in November and are really keen to find young high-growth companies hungry to make a mark on a worldwide scale. We’d love them to grow their high-growth tech businesses in Donegal where they can build from a lower cost base, access a highly educated workforce and exeprience an amazing quality of life,” Mr Tunney added.

Companies interested in taking part will be first asked to take part in a one-day selection process called ‘Life’s a Pitch,’ where the expert panel will be on the look out for people with passion and a positive attitude towards developing a business idea.
Those selected for the Delta Programme will then take part in an innovative 9-day series of workshops, delivered over three months (January, February and March 2019) on location in County Donegal.

Companies wishing to find out more about the programme and how they can be part of it, are urged to apply immediately on the website –

The first phase of the selection is the one-day selection process called Life’s a Pitch, the next of which will be delivered with the support of Ciright on Tuesday 13 November and Wednesday 14 November at 7 Union Hill, Conshohocken. Irish pitches have been pencilled in for December 12th.

The high-power international programme will start in Donegal in January 2019 after interested businesses pitch for a coveted place, with further three-day training sessions planned in Donegal in February and March 2019.

Leave a Reply