Why Galway

Why Start Your Business in Galway?

Galway is a hotbed of entrepreneurship and international business. Ireland is at the heart of the European Union, and is a great place to live and work.

As a country with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, there are many benefits to starting your business here in Ireland and none more so than the fact that Enterprise Ireland invests in approximately 200 start-ups each year… the next one could be yours! 

Key reasons to start your business in Ireland

  • Access to a young, highly educated and highly skilled workforce
  • Vibrant venture capital community for companies located in Ireland
  • Voted best country in Europe for doing business
  • Location, location, location – a key gateway to Europe, Middle East and the Americas
  • Extremely attractive cost base
  • Great quality of life

The Irish start-up landscape is enriched by many sources of start-up support both financial and non-financial.  Enterprise Ireland offers support through their High Potential Start Up (HPSU) programme, provided you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Introducing a new or innovative product or service to international markets.
  • Involved in manufacturing or internationally traded services.
  • Capable of creating 10 jobs in Ireland and realising €1 million in annual sales within 3 of starting up.
  • Led by an experienced management team.
  • Headquartered and controlled in Ireland.
  • Less than five years old from the date of your company’s registration.

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International entrepreneurs planning to locate their next business in Ireland should note that Enterprise Ireland does not financially incentivise businesses to relocate to Ireland. The type of supports that Enterprise Ireland offers are more focused around equity investment on a matched funding basis once the Headquarters is established in Ireland.