Learn the skills to start and develop your business

Business Planning Programme (online)

The Enterprise Ireland Business Planning Programme, delivered in partnership with Shaping Business, is an 8-week online programme for senior teams to develop a practical roadmap for strategic clarity and business growth. The programme involves 3 live Virtual Masterclasses (2-3 hours each) with pre- and post-work to be completed using provided tools and templates. The Masterclasses take place every second week of the programme with 1-to-1 sessions held on the intervening weeks. More information at Business Planning Programme.

Spotlight on Skills

The Spotlight on Skills programme is a collaboration between Enterprise Ireland, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Irish Management Institute, it has been developed to help businesses create a company skills plan. More information at Spotlight on Skills.


The Enterprise Ireland HPSU SPRINT Programme, delivered in partnership with Dublin Business Innovation Centre, is an intensive 3 day programme to equip you with the toolkits and capabilities to become investor ready in a shorter timeframe.  It consists of practical educational workshops, facilitated peer learning group work and a half day pitch training session.  More information at HPSU SPRINT.

HPSU Founders Forum

The Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founders Forum has been established specifically for founders serious about scaling their business. Its mission is to support you to increase the speed at which your company achieves multi-million euros in sustainable revenue. The HPSU Founder Forum combines facilitated founder group sessions, high quality topic-based clinics, breakfast clinics, CEO interviews and an online founder’s network.  More information at HPSU Founders Forum.

Enterprise START Workshops

If you are currently considering entrepreneurship as a career option, an EnterpriseSTART workshop will help you to understand and evaluate the entrepreneurship process and what it involves.  Each workshop takes place over two consecutive evenings and is targeted at individuals with a business idea that has the potential to be scaled-up significantly within 3 years and be export driven.  Participants will have the opportunity for one-to-one consultation with Enterprise Ireland staff regarding individual needs. The workshops are practical, interactive and thought provoking.  Participants will be provided with comprehensive information to understand the business development process including key success factors and potential pitfalls as well as an outline of financial supports available from Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices. More information at EnterpriseSTART workshops in your region or contact your local Enterprise Ireland office.

Enterprise START 2 “Challenging and Validating your Business Idea”

Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with the four Business Innovation Centres (BICs) - Dublin BIC, Cork BIC, West BIC and the South East BIC – has developed a programme designed to help entrepreneurs tease out their business idea and develop a comprehensive business proposition, the programme duration is over a 6-8 week period. Enterprise START 2 (ES2) - Challenging and Validating your Business Idea is designed for entrepreneurs or early stage start-up companies that have a business idea but need to develop it to a point where it can be considered by Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Team. The programme involves two half-day group workshops and two one-to-one mentoring meetings from experienced business consultants, please note an initial meeting is required to identify suitability to participate. More information at Enterprise START 2 (ES2) - Challenging and Validating your Business Idea.

New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme

New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered at a local level by the Institutes of Technology. If you have an innovative business idea and are planning to establish and run your own company, the New Frontiers Enterpreneur Development Programme can provide you with a package of supports to help accelerate your business development and to equip you with the skills and contacts that you need to successfully start and grow your company. More information at New Frontiers Enterpreneur Development Programme.

More information

For more information on how Enterprise Ireland supports High Potential Start-ups (HPSUs), go to Start a Business Section.