Smart ageing – support for those over 50 who want to start a business.

There will be over one million people living in Ireland aged 65 and over by 2031. 

The enormous demographic changes that will occur in Ireland over the next 15 years will shift the entire social, cultural and economic landscape of the country. 

Wise and willing

2016 research by Amarach shows that 44% of people in Ireland over 50 would be interested in a course to help them develop the ideas and the skills to start their own business.

In fact, more than one in five over 50s (surveyed) had some experience of setting up their own business and 17% of those with experience set up their business when they were over 50.

There are supports available for people over 50 who want to start a business. 

Visit: Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange.

Also visit: The Ingenuity programme for entrepreneurs aged 50+.

READ MORE: It’s never too late to start.

Did you know?

Charles Flint was 61 when he founded IBM. 

In Ireland, Peter Cullen founded Aran Candy in 1997 (with his son Richard) when he was 50 after an earlier venture failed. The business was sold for €15.5 million in 2014.

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