FAQ - Start-Ups from outside Ireland

1. Do I qualify for Enterprise Ireland support?

You qualify for support if at least one of the company founders is willing to relocate to Ireland and if your venture is:

a) Introducing a new or innovative product or service to international markets.
b) Involved in manufacturing or internationally traded services.
c) Has a credible chance of creating 10 jobs in Ireland and realising €1 million in sales per annum within three to four years of starting up.
d) Led by an experienced management team.
e) Headquartered and controlled in Ireland.
f) Less than five years old from the date of your company’s registration.

Please check our Are you Eligible for more information.


2. What funding support is available

a) If you are an early stage start up, find out about our Competitive Start Fund.
b) If your company has revenue and you are looking for seed investment, check out details on our iHPSU supports.
c) Check out details of further supports available through dedicated programmes 


3. How can I register my company in Ireland?

a) The cost of incorporation in Ireland starts from €100. This is done through the Irish Companies Registration Office where you can find more detailed information.
b) Enterprise Ireland does not offer legal advice but there is a number of professional services companies throughout the country that can help you with incorporating, opening bank account, registering with tax office.


4. I am outside the EU, Is visa support available?

Yes, Ireland has a special visa for founders of start-up, download Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme Guidelines.


5. How expensive is it to run a business in Ireland?

a) Please check available commercial and residential properties: www.daft.ie and www.myhome.ie
b) According to GlassDoor, the average starter salary for a graduate is around €28,000 a year, Sales Rep: €28,000 – €48,000, Marketing: €28,000 – €50,000 and Business Development Manager: €30,000 – €45,000.
(c) Report - Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2016


6. Where else can I find information about Ireland’s start-up eco system?

a) You can check the Enterprise Ireland Information Store for Start-ups
b) Database of 1200 Irish innovative company profiles
c) What Dublin can offer for start ups 
d) Calendar of the start-up events 
e) Resource for technology news 
f) Government service providing a broad range of information and advice for the public with particular emphasis on citizen's rights - Citizens Information