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Start a Business in Ireland

Starting a High Potential and Internationally Focused Business


Our High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) team provides hands-on support and advice to entrepreneurs and early stage companies that are considered by Enterprise Ireland to have an innovative product, service or technology, and have the potential to achieve international sales and create employment. If you have a business proposition with international sales potential or are currently raising investment for your start-up venture, then you may qualify for support and investment. This section sets out the criteria for becoming an Enterprise Ireland HPSU client and the supports that are available to you.

Two recent government-led initiatives designed to assist entrepreneurs are now available online: SURE is a tax refund calculator for potential entrepreneurs and the Supporting SMEs Online Guide is an interactive guide that lists cross-government supports for businesses.

Our Information Store for Start-ups provides general information and links for start-ups including business plan templates, registration and employment information, as well as incubation space and sources of private investment.
Find out if your idea qualifies for High Potential Start-Up supports, what to expect when contacting Enterprise Ireland and contact details for our Start-Up Team in your region.

Learn about the supports we offer High Potential Start-Ups to develop an investor ready proposition, raise investment and implement your export plans.

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Find out why Ireland is one of the world's best locations for food manufacturing and innovation, key food sectors, and why some globally-recognised names have chosen to locate in Ireland.

Learn why entrepreneurs from outside Ireland are establishing their innovative start-ups here and the supports available from Enterprise Ireland.

Learn about supports, initiatives and events to support ambitious women with start-up businesses.