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Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP)

High Potential Start-Ups

The Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP) allows a non-EEA national with an innovative business idea and minimum funding of €50,000 to come and set up a business in Ireland. The aim of the Programme is to support High Potential Start-Ups which are defined as start-up ventures that are:

    • 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 sales within three to four years of starting up
    • Led by an experienced management team
    • Headquartered and controlled in Ireland
    • Less than 6 years old

A  business plan is required on government application form and should be well presented to highlight the above points (creating jobs, generating exports)


Completed and signed application form with: 

  1. Certified copy of passport of applicant
  2. Certified copy of passport of spouse
  3. Certified copy of passport of dependent child
  4. Evidence of legal marriage/partnership
  5. Certified birth certificates of child
  6. Evidence of guardianship
  7. Narrative explaining source of funds
  8. Evidence of funds available
  9. Evidence of source of funds
  10. Evidence of Business
  11. Business plan
  12. Police report for applicant
  13. Police report for spouse
  14. C.V of applicant (2 pages maximum)
  15. Personal narrative of applicant (500 words maximum)



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