Returning emigrants get help with business
AN initiative to help returning emigrants start and develop businesses in Ireland is looking for participants from Sligo to apply before the deadline of Friday, January 25
The Back for Business entrepreneur mentoring programme runs over six months and there is no charge for those selected to participate. It is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The programme was run on a pilot basis last year to support entrepreneurial activity among those recently returned or planning to return to live and set up business in Ireland.
The call is open for applications for the 2019 programme, which will run from February to July 2019. One past participant is Sligo-man Adam Kennedy-Ripon from Surfstr and he would urge others to apply for the programme. Surfstr is a digital marketing company which connects western brands to a Chinese speaking audience on local Chinese digital platforms.
“Back for Business has allowed me to open a new door, walk through and make my dreams come closer to reality,” says Adam.
Back for Business is specifically designed for recently returned emigrants who have lived abroad for at least a year and have returned in the last three years. Those planning to return in the near future will also be considered. Those interested in learning more can CHECK www.backforbusiness.com.
Adam Kennedy-Ripon with Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ann Derwin and fellow Sligo participant Sarah-Jane Harte