Back for Business programme seeking participants

Martina O'Riordan, whose business MartinaO, is based in Mallow, receiving her Back for Business certificate from Minister Ciaran Cannon, at an awards ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin. (Photo: Peter Houlihan)

An initiative to help returning emigrants start and develop businesses in Ireland is looking for participants to apply before the deadline of Friday, January 25.

The Back for Business entrepreneur mentoring programme runs over six months and there is no charge for those selected to participate.

The programme is for Irish emigrants who have lived abroad for at least a year and have returned to Ireland in the last three years or are planning to return to live in Ireland in the near future (eligibility criteria apply).

The pilot programme has been run successfully and 38 entrepreneurs completed the pilot in May 2018.


Many potential entrepreneurs returning home can often bring with them significant advantages of starting a business such as a strong network of international contacts, proficiency in foreign languages and a greater understanding of export markets.

However, these men and women can also have gaps in their local knowledge, contact base and professional and personal backgrounds.

Back for Business is designed to bridge these gaps, while also addressing the general challenges all entrepreneurs face when establishing a business.

The 2019 programme will run from February to July 2019 and the deadline for completed applications, which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is 25th January 2019.

For more information or to register your interest in receiving an application form, please see