The NDRC, Ireland's national startup accelerator programme, has launched new supports to help early stage founders.

The nationwide supports will give founders from across Ireland access to a network of entrepreneurs, investors and mentors for feedback on their idea.

The programmes will offer advice on resources that can accelerate the growth of startups, and ways to pitch for investment or apply to the NDRC Accelerator.

The NDRC said the early stage supports do not take equity in the companies and are free for accepted teams.

The supports will be delivered across Ireland by Dogpatch Labs Dublin, Portershed Galway, RDI Hub Kerry, and Republic of Work Cork, with each regional hub acting as a centre of excellence with a dedicated team to deliver programmes locally.

"Joining a community, sharing your idea, getting feedback and mentoring are so important in the early parts of your entrepreneurial journey," said Patrick Walsh, CEO Dogpatch Labs.

"Now for the first time, we have new programme teams based in regional community hubs delivering a new set of supports which all feed into the national accelerator," said Mr Walsh.

"We're in a stronger position to mobilise and support regional Irish startups more than ever before" said Mary Rodgers, Portershed CEO.

"Through the NDRC, we’re delivering tailored services to our local ecosystem while also remaining connected and aligned with the other regions.

"Eventually, we want to get to a point where every county in Ireland feels well positioned to nurture globally ambitious, innovation driven startups," said Ms Rodgers.

Details of the new supports can be found on the NDRC website.