Step N Zones

Organised by Invest Northern Ireland as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, Step ‘N’ Zones is a series of events across Northern Ireland designed to inspire young people to be entrepreneurs.

The events were located at: 17 November 2014 Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena

18 November 2014 Armagh City Hotel, Armagh

19 November 2014 Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen

20 November 2014 City Hotel, Londonderry-Derry

21 November 2014 Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge

24 November 2014 Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge


The competition was aimed at students aged 11-14 (Key Stage 3) and challenged them to develop a business idea during a 2.5 hour session.

In each zone the students were supported by experts from W5, YENI, Advantage NI, Sentinus and HDB Design.

Following the event the students further develop their idea before finally submitting it online. Up for grabs are cash prizes of up to £1000 for the winning school and up to £100 in high street vouchers for each member of the winning team.

One group from each local event will be shortlisted to compete in a final Northern Ireland-wide event in January 2015.

Read our daily Step ‘N’ Zones blog for a day to day overview of the event.