Start Her Up Support Programme

23 June 2022

Enterprise Northern Ireland in partnership with Ulster Bank have launched the Start Her Up support programme. This programme aims to  encourage young women to explore self-employment. You can sign up to this support programme whether you have an idea of what you’d like to do, have already started trading on a small scale or you’re just interested in being your own boss.

Supporting female entrepreneurship, this programme provides support through workshops, mentoring, a bespoke personal development plan and a pitching competition. Participants in this programme have an opportunity to win up to a £1,000 incentive to take your business or idea to the next level.

Who is eligible? 

Start Her Up welcomes all young women aged 18 to 40, particularly encouraging registrations from:

  • young BAME women
  • young women living with a disability
  • young women living with neurodiversity to register

Taking part in the programme will:

  • build awareness of the opportunity for self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • encourage and enable you to start and grow your enterprise
  • develop confidence to engage with early-stage entrepreneurial, enterprise activity, and have the confidence to navigate the complexity of the support ecosystem

After you register your interest, attend a Start Her Up event in your area:

Find out more about the Start Her Up programme here and how to apply.


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