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What are High Potential start-ups?

High Potential start-ups (HPSUs) are young, early-stage companies, with ambitious management teams.

They have the potential to develop new innovative products and services, or are using existing technology to disrupt traditional industries, and a drive and capability to succeed on a global scale.

Eligibility for support

Eligible businesses can access support to develop their proposition and address weaknesses, get advice, guidance and signposting to available support.

To be eligible for support business must be:

  • Headquartered in Northern Ireland
  • Credible with an experienced management team
  • Have registered the company within the last five years
  • Engaged in manufacturing or tradeable services
  • Creating significant market opportunity with a new innovative IP/technology /service
  • Capable of reaching £1m turnover and 10 employees (average salary £25k) within three years 
  • Trading at least 30% to export markets
  • Capable of securing external/matched funding within 18 months

Contact us

If you would like to talk with us about support for your High Potential Start Up, Contact us or call our business support team on 0800 181 4422.

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  • Develop products and services

    Innovation Vouchers

    Innovation Vouchers offers up to £5K to be used to develop innovative solutions to business issues.

  • Find funding

    Funding through loans and equity

    We have six funds to help SMEs with high growth potential forge ahead.

  • Develop products and services

    Technical Advice

    Our technical experts can assist you by offering specialist advice and seminars on key areas.