Businesses have until Friday, 12th December to enter the first round of the eircom Business Solutions Digital Boost, a €250,000 seed fund for Irish SMEs looking to innovate and grow their business through investment in digital solutions. The fund is designed to offer tangible assistance to the SME community in four key areas: business mobility; digital training; sales and marketing; and business productivity. eircom Business Solutions has partnered with Google, PayPal, Samsung, the Digital Marketing Institute and Salesforce to deliver a suite of digital funding to successful applicants.

Open to all SMEs and mid-market enterprises, businesses can apply by uploading a short video or a five slide presentation to the Digital Boost website, eircom.ie/digitalboost, outlining their funding proposal and the fund area they require.

David Walsh, Director of SME and Commercial, eircom Business Solutions said: “Our Digital Boost seed fund is a key pillar of our overall strategy to support the growth of SMEs.  We are passionate about showing SMEs how to maximise the many opportunities that the right digital presence can make to their business. It’s vital that Irish businesses are equipped to exploit online channels for sales and marketing. Digital Boost is one of a number of initiatives we have developed to provide support to Irish SMEs”.

Applications for the first round of funding will close on Friday, December 12th. An expert panel will award successful applicants with funds to spend with the partners on technology and digital related support. Tips on how to apply and details on the expert panel of judges are available online. The second round of funding will open for applications in early 2015.