Overview of LeanStart

LeanStart provides an introduction to Lean concepts and allows you to gain an understanding of what the tools and techniques can do for you and your company in a short, focused engagement.  The initiative is designed for companies that are unfamiliar with and lacking capability in business process improvement methodologies such as Lean and/or other best practice methods specific to particular business sectors.

Lean Start is not just for manufacturing companies.  Software and internationally traded services companies can avail of funding to learn about and implement improvements to their business. Click on Lean4Software to learn how the Lean Business Offer can assist software companies.

Click here to learn how the Lean Business Offer can assist software companies.

Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring a Lean service provider to undertake a short in-company assignment which will

  • introduce Lean principles and Agile processes
  • achieve immediate cost reduction targets
  • lay a foundation for future Lean or productivity improvement project
  • incorporate First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook 

LeanStart incorporates an environmental component titled ‘First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook’. Two guidebooks were developed by Enterprise Ireland using a simple set of tools to introduce some basic environmental awareness as part of the LeanStart Programme for Manufacturing Companies and Services/Office based companies. The guidebooks are directed at companies who have had no in-house expertise or exposure to environmental issues to date.

Download First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Manufacturing Companies

Download First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Services/Office Based Companies

Assignments will typically be carried out over 8 to 10 weeks.  Companies will be eligible to receive support for a maximum of 7 consultancy days to a limit of €3,150.


Am I eligible?

LeanStart is open to small and medium companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients or potential clients who have been trading for at least 5 years engaged in manufacturing or eligible internationally traded services

Lean Start is also open to HPSU clients on a limited basis, please discuss with your Development Advisor to check whether it is open to your company.

Large companies are not eligible to apply.


What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The typical cost of undertaking a LeanStart assignment is €6,300.  The company must pay the first €3,150 and Enterprise Ireland will provide grant funding for the outstanding costs to a maximum of €3,150. 

The maximum grant funding available from Enterprise Ireland is €3,150. If the cost of the LeanStart assignment is less than €6,300, the company is still required to pay the first €3,150 in costs.

Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring a Lean consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days. 

The maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer is €900 inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.

Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.


What are the call close dates?

There are no call close dates. The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management.


How do I apply?

All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission.  

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.

Prior to applying you must do the following:

If the company has already initiated a Lean Start assignment before submitting an application to Enterprise Ireland, the application and associated expenditure will not be accepted.


Where can I find a suitable service provider?

Directory of Lean and Specialist Service Providers interested in undertaking assignments under this initiative is maintained by Enterprise Ireland.  The directory holds a profile provided by each service provider on their expertise and experience with Lean projects. A company may select a service provider from this directory, or it may select a service provider who is not. In either case, before the company applies for funding, sufficient information must be provided to Enterprise Ireland to demonstrate that the proposed service provider is qualified to carry out the proposed work and has previously carried out similar assignments satisfactorily. Please ensure you carefully read the Directory and the Guidelines for Use of Directory prior to selecting from the list of service providers.

Enterprise Ireland does not give any warranty, either express or implied, as to the qualifications or suitability of any of the persons on the list of service providers and Enterprise Ireland will not be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by a company’s decision to retain the services of such a service provider.


Key contact/more information

For more information, please contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser.  If you are not a client, please contact your nearest Enterprise Ireland Regional Office.

Visit www.leanbusinessireland.ie

For general enquiries about the Lean Business Offer, contact

Stephen Reid


+353 1 727 2370