Big Ambitions?

Whether you’re a start-up, scaling business or ready for the next step on your internationalisation journey, Cork is a fantastic base for your business. We have all the programmes you can access nationally plus a host of other advantages,including access to additional funding streams, a growing VC community and impressive incubator facilities. Combined with our projected fast population growth, increasing skills and talent base and cost effectiveness, Cork is the obvious choice for ambitious businesses.

Start here

Cork has a collaborative start-up ecosystem.  Talent, innovation and communities converge to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial ecosystem that is alive with ambition. A spirit that sparks new thinking and ideas runs through our academic institutions, creative start-up hubs and coffee shops!

Creative thinkers, risk takers, game changers are all part of the indigenous businesses who are making great things happen in Cork. The reason why our start-ups are achieving such significant growth is because of the vision and ambition that exists from within and the assistance they receive from Cork’s external support networks.

Have a coffee at the Republic of Work incubator to find out how dynamic the environment really is for start-ups right now. Take advantage of specialist research incubators and programmes through our 3rd level institutions, such as the RUBICON centre at CIT or the IGNITE programme from UCC.  In fact, Cork has almost twenty incubator and co-working facilities through the region, providing up to 650 desks.


Co-working and incubator spaces

Co-working and Incubator spaces

Journey together

Ireland’s 2nd city is poised for take-off. Every aspect of our city and region is set for significant growth and we’d love you to join us on our epic journey.

Cork’s renowned innovation and entrepreneurship is integral to Ireland’s position as the number one location within Europe for scaling businesses. Cork is now one of the Top 20 location choices in Europe; reflecting our unique business environment.

Your business can leverage our growth for mutual success.

There are over 170 different government supports offered from within Ireland and Europe of which start-ups and SMEs in Ireland can avail. These supports include grant monies, tax incentives, accessible loans, research capability, subject matter expertise and specialised equipment supports.

Support services for start-ups and small business can be accessed via The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) network, the local first-stop shop for new entrepreneurs and existing micro-enterprise and small business owners.


Go global from Cork

Cork’s most successful companies and sectors have built their success on going global; from indigenous start-ups and SMEs who are embarking on their first exporting journey to multinationals who have a track record in trading in overseas markets.

Support services for scaling businesses can be accessed via Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.