Support for high growth start-ups

Fast growing, globally trading, pioneering...if this sounds like your new business, talk to us.

If you can show that your new business could achieve significant sales in markets outside Northern Ireland within three years and will create employment, we can offer you a wide range of business advice and financial support.

High growth start-ups typically operate in certain sectors – advanced materials, bioscience, health care, design engineering and photonics, energy and emerging technologies or information and communication technology.

We can provide:

  • High quality enterprise development training programme.
  • One-to-one mentoring advice.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Overseas market visits.
  • Access to expert knowledge and skills.

We also offer financial support for:

  • Marketing activities
  • Consultancy
  • Employment/key worker
  • Working capital
  • Salary

If you’re trying to source equity funding, venture capital or incubation space, we’ll help with that too.


Propel programme

Our Propel programme, aimed at high calibre entrepreneurs who have the passion and energy to succeed on an international stage, offers:

  • Up to £20,000 financial support
  • A series of 12 high quality training workshops
  • Individual mentoring support from experienced international entrepreneurs
  • Help with drafting an investor ready business plan
  • Shared work space
  • Support to make overseas market visits

StartPlanet NI

We also support the StartPlanet NI Accelerator being delivered as a partnership by Xcell Partners, Belfast, UK and StartPlanet of Cork, Ireland.

  • StartPlanet NI Accelerator is open for applications and offers
  • £20,000 seed funding for 6 per cent equity
  • Three months intensive programme
  • Free business space for nine months

There are world class mentors in place to help you move your business on to a global stage. As well as offering potential follow-on funding, we work with angel investors, corporate VCs, banks and crowdfunding platforms to fuel your future plans.

It is part of the Global Accelerator Network and is endorsed under the UK government’s Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP).


Not sure that this support is right for you?
Contact Us and we can explore options for your business together.


Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.


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