Cookies on the DFA website

We use cookies to give the best experience on our site while also complying with Data Protection requirements. Continue without changing your settings, and you'll receive cookies, or change your cookie settings at any time.

Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Find out more about the range of supports both financial and non-financial available from Government Departments, Offices and Agencies to assist companies to grow, improve competitiveness, create employment and improve productivity on the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation website.

Enterprise Ireland - Start in Ireland Programme

There are a number of financial and programme supports available to anyone who wants to set up in business in Ireland.  Enterprise Ireland run a Start in Ireland programme which seeks to attract people, both Irish and non-Irish, from overseas to set up business in Ireland.

IDA Ireland

If the company you are planning to establish in Ireland is controlled from outside of Ireland, you may qualify for assistance from IDA Ireland. The IDA is responsible for attracting and supporting Foreign Direct Investment.

Supporting SMEs

Supporting SMEs provides information on over 80 Government supports for business from over 30 Departments and Agencies totalling over €2bn. Whether looking for mentoring, help with a business plan, funding, or to hire new staff, the Supporting SMEs Online Tool is a great first point of call. See to get started.

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs)

A network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) across the country provide advice, information and support in starting up or growing a business. LEOs for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand. There are 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland providing funding, mentoring and training supports.

Find your Local Enterprise Office.

Find out about the full list of LEO services and supports.