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Accelerate your business

Do you want to grow and scale your business? Do you have an idea you want to make a reality?


Entrepreneurial Spark and Ulster Bank would like to invite you to our Accelerate Your Business event to showcase start-up and entrepreneurialism in Northern Ireland and to give you the details of the Belfast Hatchery.

Commitment to support the country’s entrepreneurs and pro-actively help them grow and develop

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank recently announced a commitment to support the country’s entrepreneurs and pro-actively help them grow and develop. A key part of this announcement was a pledge to set up a network of business accelerator hubs in partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s largest free business accelerator – located in cities across the UK known for their entrepreneurial dynamism, including Belfast.

Jim Duffy

Hearing from Entrepreneurial Spark’s CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) Jim Duffy, the session, specifically designed for Northern Irish start-ups and entrepreneurs, will:

  • Explore what it takes to make your business successful
  • Look at typical pain points and challenges for start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • Explain how Entrepreneurial Spark works and how it supports businesses
  • Hear from Dane Ralston, CEO Losstek, on his entrepreneurial journey


Working on mind-sets and behaviours, with a focus on an action orientated #GoDo mentality, Entrepreneurial Spark has an enviable record in making start-ups a success with 82% of the businesses they work with still trading a year later, compared to the usual 40% rate. Since 2012 they have supported 350 businesses with a combined turnover of £41m – creating over 1,000 jobs.

Looking for 80 companies

The unique accelerator and partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark will provide office space, mentoring and access to fundamental startup support in bank premises. We’re looking for up to 80 companies or budding entrepreneurs to join this 6-18 month programme of hands-on coaching and mentoring, an initial #GoDoBootcamp and regular workshop events. Thanks to Ulster Bank this support is completely free of charge to entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they bank with Ulster Bank or not – and taking no equity.

When? Thursday 8th October 9am 9.30am – 11am

Where? Lombard House, Floor 6, 10-20 Lombard Street, Belfast, BT1 1RD

Who? This is for all aspiring entrepreneurs – from idea stage to operational. Anyone who wants to make their business dream a reality and for those stakeholders interested in hearing more.


9:00am Event kicks off with Breakfast

9:30am Showcase from Entrepreneurial Spark – What is it? How can businesses apply? Why Belfast?

9.45am Dane Ralston, CEO Losstek and Entrepreneurial Spark Alumni

9:55am Panel Q&A

10:10am Pitching Competition

10:30pm Close and networking

Numbers are limited and are expected to be snapped up quickly – register now to Accelerate Your Business with Entrepreneurial Spark. #GoDoBelfast

You can find out more and apply now for the February intake by visiting

Book your ticket here 

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