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Impacting Founders – launch

Young Enterprise NI and Startacus have launched Impacting Founders. The 10-week startup programme for NI-based female founders, focuses on pathways to growth, connections and legacy. Supported by Ulster Bank it develops the entrepreneurial strength of NI.

Connecting the local Young Enterprise network, with the Startacus local and international network, the collaboration brings the best minds to support NI female founders on their journey.  Whether at idea stage or already established, we encourage applications from the Derry City and NW area, but female founders from across NI are welcome. 

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, CEO of Young Enterprise said, “Young Enterprise is well known for inspiring many young people to become passionate about business start up. Through this partnership with Startacus, we aim to bring the strength of our alumni and mentor network to support local founders setting up their business. “

The 10-week programme will: 

  • Provide knowledge via local and international speakers 
  • Upskill and support 
  • Build relevant business connections in NI and internationally 
  • Provide a legacy for future female founders in NI.

Alastair Cameron, co-founder of Startacus said:  “Startacus is delighted to be collaborating with Young Enterprise NI on this important initiative. As our women in tech focused Lineup event in Derry City earlier in the year demonstrated, there is a growing female founder base across NI. 

We are keen to make sure that this programme offers tailored support to female founders across the North West and wider NI community, and to ensure that key barriers that they still face are addressed both during and after this programme.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the programme will combine virtual and face-to-face elements as appropriate. To find out more, email quoting “IMPACTING FOUNDERS” in the subject line.

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