The aim of the Future Leaders Programme is to harness the skills and insights of successful senior executives and serial entrepreneurs to help coach and develop the next generation of Irish ‘rising stars’ and business leaders across all industries in the UK.

Future Leaders

Future Leaders applications are open to Irish or of Irish descent entrepreneurs or mid-level professionals (5 years + experience) from all sectors, aged between 25-35 and living in the UK.  Future Leaders will possess obvious drive and commitment to becoming a leader in their chosen field, are current members of either IIBN or actively participate with the Irish business diaspora in the UK and are committed to mentorship as a tool for career development and progression and a genuine desire to maintain a connection to Ireland to support its future growth and economic development.

Successful Future Leaders have access to their Mentor for one-to-one meetings, consultation and advice for a 6 – 10 month period depending on the individual need and are invited to participate in a series of exclusive FLP events in the UK.


There are also significant benefits to serving as a Mentor, including enhancing your record of demonstrated leadership and coaching skills, as well as the opportunity to give back and have a positive impact on your community.  Please apply below if you are a serial entrepreneur or senior executive (10-15 years+ experience) and would like to get involved by committing 10 hours to the program over a 6-10 month duration.

IIBN worked closely with the Irish Government to develop the Future Leaders Programme (FLP ) and was awarded partial  funding under the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.

In 2012 the Irish Government opened up the ESP to business networks for the first time and the funding being made available to the IIBN represents a significant measure of confidence by the Irish community in the UK and the Government in what IIBN represents and the reputation it has built since its inception in 2007.

From a wider Irish Diaspora perspective, the project provides for the creation of a virtuous circle of business networks in Britain; linking the Global Irish Network, of which there are a significant number of members connected to IIBN, to the individual sector networks and in turn to individual future leaders aiming to ensure that a flow of talented Irish professionals maintain their commitment to Ireland over the long term.

IIBN would like to publicly acknowledge the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme for helping to fund the IIBN Future Leaders Programme. Without this generous support the programme would be significantly limited in scope and scale.

*Please note that the above links to complete the online application forms are on a Google Docs form.  If for some reason you are unable to access the link to complete the form please email info@iibn.com and an alternative format will be emailed to you directly.

Please email info@iibn.com for any additional information.