LeanStart provides an introduction to Lean concepts and allows you to gain an understanding of what the tools and techniques can do for you and your company in a short, focused engagement. The initiative is designed for companies that are unfamiliar with or lacking capability in business process improvement methodologies.

The programme involves up to 7 days support from an external Consultant/trainer working directly with an eligible company, typically over an 8-12 week period.

The goals of a LeanStart project may include;

  • The introduction of Lean or related process improvement principles to a company,
  • The completion of a specific improvement project to show the value of the approach, and/or,
  • The development of a Lean / Organisational Innovation & Digitisation roadmap or action plan (this should ideally include an assessment or benchmark of the current situation).

A LeanStart project can be an ideal introduction to a Digitisation journey for your company, using Lean to map out and measure processes can lay the ground-work for automation of repetitive tasks, thereby freeing up staff to work on value-adding activities for customers. 


Am I eligible?

LeanStart is open to SME’s and large companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients.

If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Ireland client company, please click here.

LeanStart is also open to HPSU clients on a limited basis, please discuss with your Development Adviser to check whether it is open to your company.


What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The eligible costs are for external Training or Advisory Services provided by a suitable Lean Service provider.

Enterprise Ireland will provide grant funding for 80% of the project cost up to a maximum of €6,300 (€5,000 grant). This is based on 7 days Training or Advisory Services where the eligible costs are capped at €900 per day inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses. Note that actual costs to the company are based on market rates and may be higher.

Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.


What are the call close dates?

There are no call close dates. The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management.


How do I apply?

All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission.

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.

apply here

The online application forms provide a step-by-step guide on how to complete each tab.

Prior to applying you must do the following:

If the company has already initiated a Lean Start assignment before submitting an application to Enterprise Ireland, the application and associated expenditure will not be accepted.


Where can I find a suitable service provider?

A Directory of Lean and Specialist Service Providers interested in undertaking assignments under this initiative is maintained by Enterprise Ireland. The directory holds a profile provided by each service provider on their expertise and experience with Lean projects. A company may select a service provider from this directory, or it may select a service provider who is not. In either case, before the company applies for funding, sufficient information must be provided to Enterprise Ireland to demonstrate that the proposed service provider is qualified to carry out the proposed work and has previously carried out similar assignments satisfactorily. Please ensure you carefully read the Directory and the Guidelines for Use of Directory prior to selecting from the list of service providers.

Enterprise Ireland does not give any warranty, either express or implied, as to the qualifications or suitability of any of the persons on the list of service providers and Enterprise Ireland will not be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by a company’s decision to retain the services of such a service provider.


Claims Process

If you have completed a LeanStart project, details on the Claims process are available here


Key contact/more information

For more information, please contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser

If you are not a client, please contact your nearest Enterprise Ireland Regional Office.

For general enquiries about the Lean Business Offer, please email: llean@enterprise-ireland.com