Learn the skills to start and develop your business


The Enterprise Ireland HPSU SPRINT Programme, delivered in partnership with Dublin Business Innovation Centre, is an intensive 4½  day programme to equip you with the toolkits and capabilities to become investor ready in a shorter timeframe.  It consists of practical educational workshops, facilitated peer learning group work and a half day pitch training session.  For more information go to HPSU SPRINT.


HPSU Founders Forum

The Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder Forum has been established specifically for founders serious about scaling their business.  Its mission is to support you to increase the speed at which your company achieves multi-million euros in sustainable revenue. The HPSU Founder Forum runs over 2 years and offers a combination of facilitated founder group sessions, high quality masterclasses, breakfast clinics and an on-line founder’s network. More information available at HPSU Founders Forum.


Access Silicon Valley Programme

Access Silicon Valley has been developed to help Irish technology companies deliver tangible strategies and market entry plans relevant to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco market. It will provide insights into the nuts and bolts of launching your company or product in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, including the funding required to do so. It will drive you to create a sales plan relevant to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco marketplace and help you identify key sales and partnership targets. The programme also covers business/cultural differences and has a strong focus on pitching and presenting. Access Silicon Valley will be delivered by US Market Access Centre (USMAC) who will work intensively with participating companies over 3 phases. If you are interested in future programmes please email Paula Carroll for more information.


Enterprise START Workshops

If you are currently considering entrepreneurship as a career option, an EnterpriseSTART workshop will help you to understand and evaluate the entrepreneurship process and what it involves.  Each workshop takes place over two consecutive evenings and is targeted at individuals with a business idea that has the potential to be scaled-up significantly within 3 years and be export driven.  Participants will have the opportunity for one-to-one consultation with Enterprise Ireland staff regarding individual needs. The workshops are practical, interactive and thought provoking.  Participants will be provided with comprehensive information to understand the business development process including key success factors and potential pitfalls as well as an outline of financial supports available from Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices.  For more information go to upcoming EnterpriseSTART workshops in your region or contact your local Enterprise Ireland office.


EnterpriseSTART 2 “Challenging and Validating your Business Idea”

Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with the four Business Innovation Centres (BICs) - Dublin BIC, Cork BIC, West BIC and the South East BIC – has developed a programme designed to help entrepreneurs tease out their business idea and develop a comprehensive business proposition, the programme duration is over a 6-8 week period. Enterprise START 2 - Challenging and Validating your Business Idea is designed for entrepreneurs or early stage start-up companies that have a business idea but need to develop it to a point where it can be considered by Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Team. The programme involves two half-day group workshops and two one-to-one mentoring meetings from experienced business consultants, please note an initial meeting is required to identify suitability to participate.


New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme

New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered at a local level by the Institutes of Technology. If you have an innovative business idea and are planning to establish and run your own company, the New Frontiers Enterpreneur Development Programme can provide you with a package of supports to help accelerate your business development and to equip you with the skills and contacts that you need to successfully start and grow your company.


More information

For more information on how Enterprise Ireland supports High Potential Start-ups (HPSUs), go to Start a Business Section.