Business Mentoring Services

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin offers business mentoring services to those setting up or already established in business.

LEO South Dublin mentoring is only available to clients based within our South Dublin administrative area. Please see the map below. If you would like to check if your address is based in our South Dublin LEO administrative area, please click the map to search your address. 

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The Mentoring Service was established to help young or growing eligible companies improve their chances of survival and growth. Occasionally, developing or start up businesses encounter a specific problem or want to undertake a project that requires skills beyond the normal range of the Owner/Manager. Our panel of Mentors are all experienced business executives and consultants who are skilled in working with the owner/manager to identify the problem, find solutions and implement them.

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The Mentor's Role

The Mentor's role is to listen, counsel and facilitate the business owner / manager in developing their own business skills and capacities.

The Service

Applications for mentor support are considered in a similar manner to funding applications. Priority may be given to businesses with potential for growth, which demonstrate a clear need for the service, and which are not receiving assistance under other business programmes. In the case of pre enterprise / start ups, preference will be given to promoters with access to sufficient funding sources (in combination with public funding and/or private sector borrowing) to cover the cost of starting a business capable of providing a realistic wage to at least one employee in the short term.

Please note that due to Covid-19, fees for this service have been temporarily waived.

Mentor Bios:

Read a bio on some of our mentors by clicking their name below -

Alison Cummins           Ruth Larkin           Clare O'Connor            Damien Donnelly        James Barrett


Interested clients should complete the Online Mentoring Application Form with the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin. 

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If approved, an officer of LEO South Dublin  will carry out a short assessment of the business in order to identify the most effective approach to the assignment and will then make recommendations based on the outcome of the assessment.

The promoter will be advised of the hourly duration of the assignment and directed to the appropriate area of our website to access the Mentoring Shopping Cart.  Once payment has been received, an offer of mentoring will be made to the client and the assignment can commence. The resulting agreed tailored service is delivered at a time and place suited to the client. Progress is monitored by an officer of LEO South Dublin by way of regular mentor reports and optional client contact. Special workshops or networking sessions may also be arranged if required.

For further details or to discuss your application, please contact

Mentor Clinics

We are pleased to inform you, that despite Covid-19 restrictions, we are continuing to deliver our one to one advice clinics remotely.