Back for Business Pilot Testimonials

Overall, the participants on the pilot were extremely positive about their experience on the programme. Many of the participants took the opportunity to write a short testimonial.


Back for Business has allowed me to open a new door, walk through and make my dreams come closer to reality.

-Adam Kennedy-Ripon,


Back for Business provided the focus and experience necessary to get my business off the ground. A great programme.

-Aidan Mehigan, Gortinore Distillery Ltd.


It’s a fantastic programme, hugely beneficial to my business.

Caoilfhionn O’Connor, Likely Heroes


Back for Business has educated me in the vast amount of support available for startup businesses in Ireland. My business Platform Medicals has excelled in the past few months since my involvement in the programme and I would highly recommend the programme to all those thinking of returning home to Ireland to set up a business.

-Catherine Hallahan, Platform Medicals


The practical insight into international business and scaling from the Lead Entrepreneur was exceptional and hugely valuable.

-Cian Conroy, Cian Conroy Consulting


As a sole entrepreneur I found the programme so helpful in giving me focus, keeping me on track, helping me to celebrate my successes & create goals to bring my business to the next level. I began Back for Business with ideas & samples and now I am trading, I’m operational for 4 months & I have created & developed my brand identity with a luxury product on the market.

Clare O’Connor, Clare O’Connor


Back for Business gave me momentum to take my first steps in entrepreneurship.

Don Duncan, Two Tongue Media


Great experience, really loved having a group to talk to and help with growing my business.

Jane Asple, Emma by Jane


This programme is ideal for bringing you back to basics, back to re-focus and be exposed to be a wealth of leads. You will also benefit from making like-minded friends.

-Janet O’Rourke, All Star Heating Ltd.


Being abroad for 5+ years it was fantastic to return and have this programme to participate in. It gave me the courage and the support to keep going – Yes I can do it!  My Lead Entrepreneur’s mentoring was so helpful she offered great advice and tips and introduced me to a contact that has helped me and together helped grow my business.

-Jeanette Ryan, Ireland’s Immigration Adviser


Back for Business provides a supportive environment for entrepreneurs to get feedback from peers and an experienced entrepreneur on a monthly basis. It provides you with the accountability necessary in order to succeed in business.

-Kieran Daly, Marlay Technology


Back for Business has been the single most important thing that I have done for our business! Without it I really do not think my business would be where it is today. Because of our round table discussions I was equipped to handle a major crisis in our company. My Lead Entrepreneur gave me the confidence to deal with it and move forward.  Every day is a school day and I have loved my six months in Back for Business. Thank you for giving me this amazing experience.

Lisa Caffrey, Cabochon & Co. Diamonds (LC Enterprises Ltd.)


I really enjoyed the interaction and advice given during the roundtable discussions. Our Lead Entrepreneur was enthusiastic, informative, always helpful with great contacts and expertise. I highly recommend Back for Business for a great, well run programme.

Louis Boyce, Irish Diaspora


It was a privilege to take part in the pilot for Back for Business. I made lasting connections with, and learned a lot from my Lead Entrepreneur and all of my fellow entrepreneurs. The atmosphere of the sessions was positive and the meeting agenda provided sufficient structure to examine a lot of aspects of the business that I might have delayed addressing until much later. The structure has given me a “handbook” to go back and revisit again and again as my business grows. I cannot recommend this programme highly enough.

-Niamh Hassett, DataPix


This programme has literally changed the direction of my life for the better. I have no doubt it will encourage others to move home & follow their dreams. I’ve never been happier.

-Niamh O’Sullivan, Carb Cup Ltd.


As a tech founder, Back for Business really helped me focus on developing the business and not just the tech. Having a forum to openly discuss issues, share knowledge and experiences was invaluable.

-Noel McKeown, Sailient Ltd t/a Teeze


The Back for Business programme was excellently designed with us prodigals in mind – perfectly curated. The generous mentors have already been through the entrepreneur wars and are enthusiastic in their guidance. Best of all has been meeting my group mates – a trusting support network.

-Rachel Rath, 12pt Pictures


The Back for Business provided me with the focus, learning and support that I needed to navigate the highs and lows of the Entrepreneurial journey. I now have a solid business plan and a great network to draw upon to help me overcome challenges along the way. Thank you for your continued support.

-Sinead Sheehan, Sheehan Coaching


Back for Business gave me the opportunity to network with likeminded entrepreneurs and access their network.

Sinead Starrs, The Lovely Label


Back for Business helped me realise starting a business was possible and that Ireland was the right place to do it.

-Zarah Lawless, Calendar Coffee