Helping Unemployed People in Dublin’s
Inner City Start their own Business


Inner City Enterprise (ICE) is a not-for-profit charity established to advise and assist unemployed people in Dublin’s inner city to set up their own businesses or create their own self-employment.

ICE provides individual business advice and supports, as well as access to a panel of voluntary Business advisors. ICE also provides access to micro-finance loans, both through its own revolving loan fund (funded through the Dublin City Enterprise Board and the Social Finance Foundation) and as a conduit for MicroFinance Ireland.


The ICE Enterprise Development Officers provide in depth, individual business advice and supports to both pre-enterprise and new start-ups including:

  • General advice and support for clients considering self-employment
  • Assistance and advice on company and tax registration
  • Access to incentives such as the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Assistance with loan and grant applications
  • Enterprise workshops
  • Assistance with accessing additional supports from local agencies
  • Assistance with the preparation of a business plan


ICE provides accessible and affordable loans to help convert business plans into reality. Loans can range from €1,000–€5,000, repayable over 3 years at a very attractive interest rate for the following:

  • Capital Expenditure
  • Working Capital
  • Business Premises

ICE is also a recognised conduit for Microfinance Ireland who provides loan finance up to €25,000.


A key element of ICE’s support package is the provision of voluntary Business advisors to ICE client businesses. ICE ‘s Business advisory panel is made up of individuals from organisations such as Accenture, Tesco, Irish Distillers, Grant Thornton, Bank of Ireland, A & L Goodbody’s, and Keeling’s, all of whom are volunteering their services pro-bono.

The Business advisor’s primary role is to provide specialist advice to commercially viable projects, with comprehensive hands-on support being provided by ICE’s Enterprise Officer. ICE matches the needs of an individual client’s business with the skills and expertise of a Business advisor in the relevant sector.