Invest Northern Ireland is calling on all Northern Ireland based entrepreneurs with an innovative, export-focused business idea to propel themselves forward and sign up for the Propel Programme information seminars taking place in five locations across Northern Ireland next week.
The seminar will give guests detailed information and inspirational insight from people that have benefited from this programme, which helps turn local businesses into the global success stories.
The Invest NI Propel Programme is aimed at high calibre entrepreneurs who have the passion and energy to succeed on an international stage. Applicants must be in the advanced stages of planning, capable of commercialisation within the next 6-9 months and show significant global growth potential.
The programme is both exciting and challenging for participants, with successful applicants receiving extensive one-to-one mentorship from experienced international entrepreneurs. The support and advice on offer from the Propel delivery team, alongside a variety of business development workshops, focus on fast tracking businesses through the planning stages to become investment ready.
Northern Ireland is booming with entrepreneurial talent including DigiPop Games founder, 22 year old Adam McKenna. Since being accepted onto Propel in 2013/14, Digi-Pop Games has designed and released its first digital game, ‘Ramble Rumble,’ securing presence for it across popular platforms including Nintendo Wii-U and Microsoft Xbox.
At the Belfast seminar, previous Propel participant, Kevin McGrath will discuss his experience of the programme and answer any questions from attendees regarding the application process and, support offered.
Founder of ‘Beacon’, an online solution for publishing and selling digital magazines, Kevin said,
“As a participant on the Invest NI Propel Programme I found the workshops, guidance and shared working space in Belfast massively beneficial. The ability to work alongside such varied entrepreneurial talent and experienced mentors creates a breeding ground for new ideas to incorporate in our business plans.
“The Propel Programme is an excellent way to step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself to meet new ambitious business objectives. The strong work ethos and positive ‘can-do’ support throughout the programme has led to Beacon successfully exporting to four countries with offices in both the USA and UK,” Kevin added.
Niall Casey, Invest NI’s Director of Skills and Strategy says: “The Propel Programme provides a dynamic culture and environment for innovative, enthusiastic individuals who have an export focused service or product that can be commercialised within 6-9 months. The programme has excellent credentials with over 80 new local companies accessing over £8m of investment and creating over 220 jobs.
“The Propel Programme attracts a diverse range of businesses each year – from consumer focused products to business solutions software- and we wish to continue recruiting such high calibre entrepreneurs to build on the programme’s success,” continued Mr Casey.
If you think your business meets the criteria and you wish to follow in the footsteps of other Northern Ireland entrepreneurs the Propel seminar will take place from 8.30am – 10.30am starting Monday 8th in Newry, followed by Antrim, Tyrone, Londonderry finishing in Belfast on 12thSeptember.