Back for Business Open Call for Applicants


Have you recently returned to Ireland and have you been thinking about starting your own business? Do you know someone who is? The Back for Business programme might be of interest and they have a call for applicants to apply before 25th January 2019:

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What is Back for Business?

Back for Business is an initiative to foster and support entrepreneurial activity among returned emigrants or those returning to live in Ireland. The development programme is aimed at assisting them to start and develop a business. It addresses the challenges that all early stage entrepreneurs face, with a particular focus on the additional barriers and challenges faced by those who have been out of the country for some time.

Back for Business is based on a model of peer support, entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs and harnesses the voluntary contribution of experienced and successful owner managers – LEAD ENTREPRENEURS. This approach is well proven as being effective in bringing about increased motivation and confidence among entrepreneurs and having a positive impact on their enterprise development. 

Back for Business has been developed and is delivered by Fitzsimons Consulting. It will provide the opportunity for up to 48 committed early stage entrepreneurs from across the country to take part. Thanks to the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the voluntary contribution of time by the Lead Entrepreneurs, there is no charge to those who are selected to participate.

Who is it for?

Back for Business is for returned emigrants who have lived abroad for at least a year and have returned to Ireland within the last three years, or those currently living abroad who are planning to return to live in Ireland in the near future. 

Their experience of living and working abroad will often bring significant advantages for starting a business, such as having a strong network of international contacts, fluency in foreign languages and greater cultural understanding of foreign markets.

Suitable applicants will be (i) those who have recently started a new business in Ireland, either on their own or with another business partner, (ii) are at an advanced stage of setting up a business, or (iii) they are becoming/have become entrepreneurs through the acquisition of an existing business.

If the business is newly established, it will not have generated sales before the end of October 2016. If acquired, it will not have been acquired before this date.

In respect of the business whether new or acquired, the returned emigrant will be a major shareholder and key decision maker in the venture. Furthermore, they will have the ambition and expectation of becoming an employer of others within three years. There is no restriction on the sector in which the new business is focused. 

What commitment is involved?

The initiative will be run on a part time basis from February to July 2019.

If selected, participants must be available to attend the following:

  • Launch Forum and first round table session on 14 FEBRUARY 2019 in Dublin.
  • Three round table monthly sessions (March to June dates to be confirmed at first session)
  • Support Workshop 22 MARCH (Dublin)
  • Finance workshop hosted by KPMG 30 APRIL (Dublin)
  • Final Forum and final round table session 2

Any advice for applicants?

This is a wonderful opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs among the returned emigrant community.  Many of you are feeling less connected since your return home than you were previously. Back for Business will make available voluntary Lead Entrepreneurs to guide and support those selected. Motivation will be increased; isolation reduced;  and networks immediately strengthened. 

Get registering and applying today….WHAT’S  STOPPING YOU?

Where can people apply?

Those interested in receiving an application form should register their interest in the first instance on the website and they will be sent an application form by email. The form should be completed and returned by email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If there is any difficulty registering online, please phone us on (+353) 1 8450770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 25 JANUARY 2019.


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