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Am I eligible for an Irish Start-up Entrepreneur Programme Visa?


In order to be eligible to apply for the Irish Start-up Entrepreneur Programme, you must be able to meet the below requirements:

  • Have some form of financial backing of €50,000 or more, through business angels, venture capital providers or a financial institution regulated by the Financial Regulator. Personal funding transferred to the State or a grant from a relevant State agency would also be acceptable.
  • The business proposal must have a strong innovation component.
  • You must not be a drain on public funds
  • Your start-up venture must be less than 6 years old
  • The business must be headquartered and controlled in Ireland
  • Start-up must be capable of creating 10 jobs in Ireland and realising €1 million in sales within three to four years of starting up.

The Entrepreneur scheme will not be available to you for you if you are planning to establish a business in retail, catering, personal services, etc. In this case you will need to apply for the Irish Business Permission Scheme.