This innovative initiative is funded through the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme. This programme seeks to facilitate in practical ways those who have returned home to Ireland, having spent some years living abroad, and are setting up a new business. Thanks to the support provided there will be no charge for those selected to participate in the initiative.
Minister of State with special responsibility for International Development and the Diaspora.
Back for Business was designed to help returning emigrants bring their business ideas to life back in Ireland. Since 2019, it has helped numerous aspiring entrepreneurs along the road to realising their ambitions. The participants have come from across this island. Likewise, the economic benefits have been geographically widespread. I commend the enthusiasm and focus of the participants. I also commend the Lead Entrepreneurs, who give essential guidance and experience on a voluntary basis. Together, participants and Lead Entrepreneurs have started many stories of achievement and growth. I am confident that we will see more in this new cycle, and I warmly wish the best of success to all.