Returned or returning emigrants who are starting or developing a business have until Thursday to apply for a free government programme that will provide them with expert mentorship and business supports for six months.
This is the sixth year of the Back for Business programme and there are up to 50 places available to support emigrant entrepreneurs who have returned to Ireland – or are thinking about doing so.
Back for Business 6 will run from the end of January to June 2023. There is no charge for those selected to participate and the closing date for applications is Thursday, January 12th 2023.
The Back for Business developmental programme, which is funded from the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, was created to foster and support entrepreneurial activity among emigrants returning to live in Ireland.
Back for Business is aimed at those who have lived abroad for at least a year and have returned in the last three years or those planning to return in the near future. It addresses challenges that all early-stage entrepreneurs encounter but also focuses on the additional barriers faced by those who have been living outside Ireland for some years.
Participants on last year’s programme increased their combined workforce by 76 per cent and more than doubled (107 per cent) their turnover during the cycle – despite the restrictions placed on businesses as a result of the Covid pandemic.
Those selected to join Back for Business 6 will take part in round table sessions, focused on goals and milestones, which are facilitated by voluntary Lead Entrepreneurs who have experience of successfully starting and growing a business.
This year’s Lead Entrepreneurs are: Hannah Wrixon, founder of WrkWrk, formerly known as Get the Shifts; 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.
A Back for Business Community is also being formed for previous participants, who will be offered workshops, review round tables and an annual Community Forum.
Those interested in learning more about applying for Back for Business 6 can download a brochure and register their interest in receiving an application form by visiting www.backforbusiness.com.
Hannah Wrixon, one of the Back for Business voluntary Lead Entrepreneurs said:
“I was lucky enough to receive excellent peer-to-peer support when I was starting out and developing my businesses and it made all the difference. It is great to be in a position to give back and to support those at the start of their entrepreneurial journey.”
Back for Business has been designed and is being implemented by Fitzsimons Consulting, specialists in areas related to entrepreneurship and growth.
The deadline for completed applications for Back to Business is Thursday January 12th 2023. For more information or to register your interest in receiving an application form, please see www.backforbusiness.com