Invest NI’s Propel Programme invites entrepreneurs to go global

Nov 29, 2012

Picture by Parkway Photography

Pictured at the event are, (left), Ralph Ardill, Brand Consultant, Nuala Murphy, Total Mobile and Mark Ennis, Chairman, Invest NI.

Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel programme, which has helped many local entrepreneurs to take their ideas to a global marketplace, is now inviting applications for its 2013 intake.

Propel is designed for entrepreneurs with ideas for businesses that have the potential to scale up and reach significant export growth. It has already helped many local entrepreneurs to set up and grow successful businesses based on innovative ideas, products and technology.

Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI’s Chief Executive, said: “For our economy to grow we need more innovative, export focused businesses like the kind supported through Propel.

“The programme’s tailored support helps entrepreneurs through the challenging process of taking an idea, funding its development and launching it on to an international stage. Feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive and we have seen some very successful businesses emerge from the programme.”

Propel offers training, workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial support. It is directed at entrepreneurs that have an idea for a business in the knowledge, engineering or niche manufacturing sectors and who are in the advanced planning stages.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that their business will create jobs in Northern Ireland within the next three years. The closing date for applications is 22 January 2013. More information is available at www.propelprogramme.co.uk.

To launch the 2013 Propel programme and outline how it can help turn an idea into a globally focused business, Invest NI is running five regional awareness seminars during December in Newry, Omagh, Londonderry, Ballymena and Belfast. For more information on the events or to register, go to www.investni.com/events.

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