Access Strategic Advice and Expertise

Enterprise Ireland can provide you with advice, specialist expertise and connections to develop and implement your company’s development plans.  We do this by providing access to:

  • a team of internal Enterprise Ireland advisers, and
  • external mentors, advisers and specialists drawn from the private sector in Ireland and overseas.

 

Enterprise Ireland Advisers

As a client of Enterprise Ireland, you are assigned a Enterprise Ireland Adviser who is your dedicated point of contact for engaging with Enterprise Ireland.    Through your Adviser, you can access our team of Enterprise Ireland staff members who have specialist expertise in a range of key strategic business development functions, including export sales, technology development, market research, raising private investment and human resources. 

Learn more about how our advisers and specialists can assist your company.

 

External mentors, advisers and specialists drawn from the private sector in Ireland and overseas

Our extensive networks of experts in Ireland and overseas enable us to connect you to sources of strategic advice and sectoral knowledge that can support you in addressing business challenges, and developing and executing growth strategies.    

We offer programmes and funding supports to allow client companies access much needed advice and expertise, including:

 

Mentors

Companies can request the appointment of a Mentor from the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Network to advise on issues relating to developing and executing an international sales strategy.  Mentors are successful senior executives who volunteer to advise clients based on their own business experience. The Network has over 300 active mentors who make a real contribution in our client companies, bringing about change, removing barriers to growth and enabling strategic success.  

 

Mentor Panels for High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs)

In addition to one-to-one mentor assignments, Enterprise Ireland organises monthly Mentor Panels where companies in the early stages of development can present their business plan/investment proposal. The Mentor Panel is chosen specifically to suit the needs, sector and required expertise of the attending companies.  Companies can pitch to the panel and gain valuable feedback and advice on their business proposition in a trusted environment.  Contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser for more information.

 

Business Accelerators

Enterprise Ireland can help companies retain the services of a Business Accelerator - an industry expert within a specific sector and market, with the experience, knowledge and contacts to support the company’s expansion into new markets.  Business Accelerators come from the front lines of industry worldwide, with the relevant sales and marketing experience to advise and guide Irish companies on accelerating their export growth. Under the Enterprise Ireland Internationalisation Grant, funding of up to 50% is available to companies working with a Business Accelerator.

 

International Advisory Panels

Enterprise Ireland has assembled a number of Advisory Panels in the US to support specific sectors targeting the US marketplace. Advisory Panels are currently established in the wireless technologies, financial services, medical devices and bio pharma sectors.

Advisory Panels are groups of senior market-based high level executives who volunteer to advise CEOs and senior managers of Irish companies targeting international markets.

Advisors take part in group panel sessions and one-to-one follow-up mentoring engagements with companies on a “pro-bono” basis.  They have a strong and unique value for Irish companies and give them access to very senior level strategic and investment advice, introductions to key high level contacts and business development opportunities in international markets.   Contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser for more information.

 

Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher Initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's higher education institutes and small businesses.  Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or technical problem with a college or higher education institute.