Have a Start-up Idea?

If you have a new business idea, you may qualify for funding and supports from Enterprise Ireland or from your Local Enterprise Office:


Enterprise Ireland - Start-up Team

If your start-up business has the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in export sales within 3 years of starting up, then you may qualify for assistance from Enterprise Ireland as a High Potential Start-up (HPSU). If you feel that your business is a HPSU, our Start-up Team is available to discuss your idea and start-up needs and direct you to the most appropriate supports.

To learn more about what we look for in a start-up proposition and how we work with HPSU companies, go to our Start-up Section.


Enterprise Ireland - New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme

New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme run in partnership with the Institutes of Technology. The programme is designed to support entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas who are planning to establish and run their own company. A range of supports including mentoring, incubation space and a €15,000 scholarship payment are provided to help accelerate the development of the business and to equip the promoter(s) with the skills and contacts needed to successfully start and grow a company.

For more information, go to New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme.


Local Enterprise Office (LEO)

Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer a first-stop shop for entrepreneurs. Supports available include:

  • Start-your-own-business training courses.
  • Market research information.
  • Business planning advice and templates.
  • Access to experienced business mentors.
  • Feasibility grants and co-investment for your plans.

Further information is available from your nearest Local Enterprise Office or use the Supporting SMEs Online Tool to help identify which of the over 80 Government supports could possibly fit your business.