Local Enterprise Week 2017

Set to inspire and motivate thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Dublin City - A host of free events to help get your business up and running


The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr will open Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City’s exciting programme of events for ‘Local Enterprise Week 2017’ on Monday, 6th March, 2017 at 10.00am at the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 

‘Local Enterprise Week’ 2017 runs from 5th – 11th March 2017. The week long programme of mentoring, advice and networking highlights the services and supports available to SME's and Start-Ups in Dublin city through their Local Enterprise Office, as well as providing a selection of events and workshops, tailored to inspire and inform.  Entrepreneurs of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, advice clinics and one-to-one mentoring on every aspect of business, including: starting a business, trading on-line, finance, growing a business through digital marketing and being Brexit-ready.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said, “This week will showcase the range of supports available to assist start-ups and small business to set up and grow in Dublin city.  We want to engage with everyone in the city who is thinking of setting up a business or has started a business.  While Britain’s decision to leave the EU presents a challenge to our businesses, Dublin will be the only English speaking capital left in the European Union. We have an educated, enthusiastic highly skilled workforce exemplified by entrepreneurs in Dublin City. The resilience of our people is clear to see over recent years with our people working themselves out of downturn. Dublin is open for business! Book your place. Most events are free of charge”.

The launch ceremony will see the announcement of the Dublin City National Enterprise Award winner 2017. 

Local Enterprise Week Dublin City kicks off on Sunday 5th March with the National final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin.

Wednesday 8th March is Digital Day. This event will provide insight into how to build an online business and avail of the Trading Online Voucher scheme.

International Women’s Day will also be celebrated on Wednesday 8th March with an event open to members of the Women in Business Network. Over 200 female entrepreneurs and businesswomen will attend.

On Thursday 9th March the Local Enterprise Office Dublin city and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) will be supporting the e-Commerce Association of Ireland (eCAI) by hosting a full day e-Commerce seminar.
A creative industries half day event will take place in the Chocolate Factory on Friday 10th March.

The week’s activities culminate with a Start Your Own Business Boot Camp on Saturday 11th March in the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, including expert mentoring sessions and guest speakers.  Mary MacSweeney Deputy Head of Economic Development & Enterprise said, “Local Enterprise Week 2017 highlights the daily work undertaken by the Local Enterprise Office. We support and enable entrepreneurship in the city, while also developing the ultimate business ecosystem for start-ups”.

Perhaps you know of someone who is considering starting a business, has a fledgling business, or would like to diversify or export.  Full details of all events, venues and booking links are available on the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City site



Local Enterprise Week (#localenterprise) is organised by the Local Enterprise Offices and runs from March 5th to 11th 2017, with events throughout every local authority area.
Nationally, 14,500 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are expected to attend over 380 events during Local Enterprise Week in March.
The focus of Local Enterprise Week is to increase awareness of the range of LEO supports and services available to micro and small enterprises.
An example of Entrepreneurs attending the launch of Local Enterprise Week 2017 are:
Brian Nolan and Rachel Flynn founded Nobó in the summer of 2012. After spending time living and working in New York, they took a leap of faith and quit their jobs determined to start a food business together. They wanted to stick to their beliefs and bring their love of tasty, delicious food together with their passion for health and nutrition. Brian and Rachel now work with a fantastic team to produce the award winning dairy free ice-cream.  www.nobo.ie
The business received a Priming Grant via Local Enterprise Office Dublin City. Other entrepreneurs present and who also received supports via Local Enterprise Dublin City are: