Down to Basics (DotoBa)

DotoBa supports Immigrant Entrepreneurs at various stages and levels in their business from before start up to expansion. We guide the Entrepreneurs to where they can access funding, hold networking events. Market their products and services such as during Art exhibition and food fair. We are currently collecting data on challenges and barriers of their entrepreneurship journey that will be part of lobbying policy.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Arts and Culture
  • Employment and job creation
  • Social inclusion
  • Unemployment


  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Cultural and artistic innovation
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Research
  • Technological innovation
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Governance

EU Project Experience

Some experience

Collaborated with AkiDwA back in 2016 which is part of European Network of migrant Women on collecting data on challenges of entreprenueriship in migrant businesses that are migrant women led. This project was funded by Dublin City Council under the DELI project

EU Funding Goals

In the first 2 years, we would be keen on networking, participation and learning in partnerships and collaborations with Organisations working with migrant entrepreneurs. An ideal project would be an exchange program to learn from each other. We would hope to have enough understanding and an in depth knowledge of how issues and challenges of various groups of people that are marginalised are addressed and on developing sustainable solutions that bring about inclusion, equality, diversity and growth in Irish mainstream businesses. We would also hope to lead in funding application as the leading Organisation.

In 10 years, we hope to have expertise on issues of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and their businesses, leading projects and identifying partners and collaborators and at a local level in Ireland to have grown our support to cover the Republic of Ireland.


We have a database of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in various stages in Ireland.

We have a team of 4 people, most of whom have run/ are running businesses and know first hand the issues the Immigrant face.

Our team is very dedicated and hard working and looking to collaborate and partner and put in the work.

Having collected data twice before 2016 and 2024, during a needs analysis, we understand the issues on the ground.


Contact Name:

Catherine Coughlan

Job Title:

Founder of DotoBa and Project Co-ordinator

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