Supporting Entrepreneurs – Back for Business

26th June 2024

Posted In: FYI

The latest cycle of Back for Business came to close at a special celebration in Dublin yesterday (June 25).

Now in it’s seventh year, Back for Business is an initiative which supports returned or returning emigrants to set up businesses in Ireland.

A total of 31 entrepreneurs completed the six-month programme while another eight completed a six-month further development module which is offered to past participants of Back for Business who are serious about further developing their businesses.

One in every three businesses were located outside the county of Dublin and the average length of time the entrepreneurs had been out of the country before returning home was 11 years.

Back for Business 7 was supported by a group of Lead Entrepreneurs who volunteer their time for free to support the participants on their growth journey. This year’s Lead Entrepreneurs were: serial entrepreneurs Hannah Wrixon and Paul Coyle; Morgan Browne, CEO of Milner Browne and Enterpryze; Paul Duggan of The Gardiner Group, Seamus Reilly, co-founder and formerly of Critical Healthcare and Thomas Ennis, founder of the Thomas Ennis Group.

Back for Business is funded through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme and, thanks to the continued support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, is free to all participants.

Pictured is Oonagh O’Brien, Teolaí Home, Limerick, Emma Collopy, Emma Collopy Design Ltd., Pauline Delahunt, CPC Ltd.  and Aoife Laferty, Athrú by Aoife, Dublin. (Image – Coalesce).