Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Mr Colm Brophy T.D. today launched a call for applicants for the ‘Back for Business’ programme, which helps returning emigrants develop new businesses in Ireland.
Launching the call for applicants, Minster Brophy said:
“The Government is committed to supporting our citizens who come back to Ireland. Returning emigrants bring a wealth of experience and ideas and I welcome their contribution to our national prosperity. This programme presents a great opportunity for Irish citizens to tap into their entrepreneurial potential. I would encourage all those eligible to apply.
“Back for Business has been a great success in supporting new businesses founded by returning emigrants across Ireland. New businesses generate economic activity and additional employment across the country.
“I welcome the establishment of a Back for Business Community offering additional support to past participants to further develop their new enterprises. Past participants have made significant progress and I am proud of their achievements.
The Back for Business programme was created to foster and support entrepreneurial activity among emigrants coming back to Ireland. It is funded from the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, and has already seen significant success.
This is the sixth year of the Back for Business support initiative. There are places for up to 50 entrepreneurs to participate in Back for Business 6.
The programme is aimed at prospective entrepreneurs who have lived abroad for at least a year and returned within the last three years, and at those who plan to return soon. Successful applicants participate free.
Applications for the 2023 programme, which runs from late January to June 2023, are invited to register their interest on www.backforbusiness.com and apply by Friday, 06 January 2023.