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Looking to Raise Finance?

There are a number of sources of finance available to both start-up and established companies from both state agencies and private funding.

State Agencies that provide funding for start-up companies:


Local Enterprise Boards offer a variety of financial supports to assist start-up, development and expansion of small businesses.


Enterprise Ireland – the main objective of EI is to support established companies with export potential. However, the agency also encourages and supports new High Potential Start-Up businesses. Funding available includes:


Udaras Na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht. Funding includes:


Rural Development Network is designed to target resources to support improvements to the quality of life in rural areas and the diversification and development of the rural economy and is administered by:

Relevant rural development programme funds:


BIM helps to develop the Irish Seafood Industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice. see www.bim.ie Funding available includes:


Intertrade Ireland (ITI) through the Acumen programme, aims to help SMEs to grow their business on the island of Ireland by targeting new cross-border markets.


Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS) provides tax relief for investment in certain corporate trades by individuals. It replaced the Business Expansion Scheme in November 2011. Please refer to the leaflet IT55 on www.revenue.ie for comprehensive details. Microfinance Ireland – www.microfinanceireland.ie Funded by Government to provide loans to newly established and growing microenterprises across all industry sectors that do not meet the conventional risk criteria applied by banks.