Nine companies have started the six month long programme for Euronext Dublin's fourth edition of IPOready programme.

This is a strategic financing programme for high-growth companies exploring fundraising options up to and including IPO.

The objective of the programme is to equip participating companies with an in-depth understanding of all sources of finance available to them and determine which is most suited to their needs.

They will get the skillsets required to get their businesses investment ready, refine their pitch for investors and form a valuable network of peers, advisors and investors.

This year's IPOready intake includes companies in the cleantech, fintech and life sciences sectors, including Continuum Commerce, Elgin Energy, FIRE1, JOE Media, Life Scientific and Shorla Pharma.

The programme is run in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF).

IPOready builds on the success of last year’s programme, which saw HealthBeacon list on the Euronext Growth market in Dublin.

Niall Jones, Head of Listing for Ireland and UK at Euronext, said that previous graduates of this programme have benefitted enormously from their participation, acquiring the necessary skills from their mentors and specialist advisors to determine which funding option is the right one for their business and how to engage with the investment community.

"This year, the nine high-growth Irish and UK companies participating in IPOready will benefit from joining other scaling pan-European technology companies during Euronext’s TechShare campus module in Lisbon in June," Mr Jones added.