Where to start

Are you interested in starting a business in Dublin? You can contact this go-to resource for business development in Dublin to answer your questions and get started.


Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.

Over the past 60 years IDA Ireland has evolved to become a global force in attracting FDI to Ireland and a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad.


IDA Ireland’s main objective is to encourage investment into Ireland by foreign-owned companies. Our success is measured by the impact on the Irish economy of FDI and IDA supported companies.

  • One of the best countries for business  - Forbes Magazine
  • Site Selection Magazine - Best Country to Invest in Western Europe

Winning Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019

IDA Ireland's new five year strategy is based on a policy of attracting investors who are seeking locations for Advanced Manufacturing or office-based activities which depend on highly skilled processes or are involved in high value added activities e.g. ICT, knowledge-based industries and Bio-Technology.


Investing abroad raises all sorts of concerns, but IDA Ireland has got your back. As Ireland's FDI agency we have partnered with over 1,200 clients, helping them not only establish but ramp up their Irish operations. Partner with us and you will soon understand why Ireland wins for ease of doing business.

The Source

We provide comprehensive support to your company as you consider how Ireland is the country best suited for your investment.  IDA Ireland - the source of all you need to know on your investment journey.

Funding programs & Incentives

Funding and grants are available to those considering foreign direct investment in Ireland. These are offered to both new and existing clients. All funding is negotiated on a case by case basis in compliance with EU and Irish legislation.

Capital & Employment

The level and availability of support is dependent on location and size of the company.

Training Grants

Available across the country to develop the competitive capabilities of companies already located in Ireland.

Research, Development & Innovation

Companies can avail of financial incentives to carry out in-house R&D projects and collaborative projects with third-level institutes and industrial partners. There is also a 25% tax credit available for companies engaging in R&D.



This is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean business principles to increase Performance and competitiveness that will sustain and grow its operations in Ireland.

Support is also available to client companies to introduce good Environmental management practices through its Lean/Green business offer.


Business Asset Grant

IDA Ireland ‘s Business Asset Grant supports client companies to replace old equipment with new or acquire new technology upgrades.
The purpose is to help clients increase their capacity and capability to deliver to new and existing markets.


Competitiveness Benchmark

A tool to measure a company’s performance
against national and international competition;
providing a springboard to improve competitiveness


International Marketing Programme

Assistance with international marketing expertise


Mentor Programme

Mentors in our network can provide tailored
advice, guidance and support, to help you accelerate
growth and build management capability.


IDA Ireland's Fast Landing Service

Ireland is ranked as one of the best countries in the world for business (Forbes).  This guide demonstrates why.  Our goal is to make the process of establishing your business in Ireland as seamless and straightforward as possible.  

The Experience

Come for a visit and you will see why Ireland is the number one FDI location in the world. We pride ourselves on the experience we offer potential investors who visit Ireland. From introductions to other FDI companies and site visits to property locations, banks and regulators — whatever is required — we will ensure you leave excited about the potential for your business in Ireland.


For a business to engage with the IDA it must have a track record of at least two years and employ 40+ staff.

Talk to Our Experts

Putting you in touch with the relevant expert within our global offices is our first priority. Whether you are involved in Bio-Pharm, Tech or Business Services, we have a specialist focused on your sector.

Let's meet

Our next priority, if it hasn't happened already, is to meet you so we can get to know each other better. This is when we explore your proposed project: what you need, what are the must-haves and can Ireland supply them?

People, Talent, Location

We’ll take you where you need to go — to business parks, edgy office space, companies, business clusters, recruiters, banks, regulators or whatever matches your requirements. Want to locate near similar companies or have specific skill-set requirements? We’ll match needs, people and location for you.

Making Connections

The best seal of approval we receive is from our clients. Talking to them will give you a real feel for the investment experience in Ireland. So, we let them give you the low-down about the Irish investing and operational experience.

The Details

Concerned about visas, schools, electricity, phones or executive accommodation? Whether you are starting with 12 or 200 people, it’s our job to help you hit the ground running and settle in well.


Once the site visit is completed we present your proposed investment project to the IDA management and board. This comprises of your business plan for investing in Ireland and contains details about the proposed project, such as number of employees, skill sets, desired location plus relevant financial information. 

If your proposal is approved as an IDA project everything swings into action to get you up and running on Irish soil. Depending on the company and the project this can take as little as 6 to 10 weeks from first contact to your company being up and running from their new European base in Ireland.


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Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.