Leap like a Gazelle- Financial Supports for Start-Ups in Ireland
TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION, LAW AND TAX
LEAP LIKE A GAZELLE* – FINANCIAL SUPPORTS FOR START-UPS IN IRELAND
By Elena Vassileva and Mark Murran
Ireland is regularly named as being one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial countries. Situated in the heart of the business world, Ireland has developed a vibrant start-up community as well as world-class accelerators in software, fintech, medtech and the Internet of things.
Irish start-ups, similar to their European and transatlantic counterparts, often face obstacles relating to scaling and development. One of the biggest difficulties start-ups and early stage companies face is access to finance.
With this in mind, we look at some of the financial supports and tax reliefs currently available for start-ups and early stage businesses in Ireland to accelerate growth and potentially stimulate the next generation of gazelles.
Enterprise Ireland offers a number of financial supports based on the development stage and the funding needs of the business:
Local Enterprise Offices offer numerous grants:
Microfinance Ireland provides small unsecured loans:
Further supports are offered to early stage enterprises through a variety of tax reliefs and tax planning:
Start-up Refund for Entrepreneurs (SURE) - a refund of income tax paid in previous years;
The Employment Investment Incentive (EII) for companies (tax relief for trading companies to attract equity-based risk finance from individuals);
Section 486C Tax Relief (reduction of a company’s corporation tax for the first three years of trading);
Research and Development Tax Credit (25% of qualifying expenditure used to reduce a company corporation tax).
Budget 2018 was announced on 10 October 2017 and introduces:
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 *Gazelle companies are less than five years old high growth enterprises. High-growth is defined as average annualised growth of 20% per annum over a three-year period.
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