Apply Now To Female Founders Competition

Support is available to help female entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland kickstart their business

Techstart Ventures and Women in Business have opened for applications their Female Founders competition.

The competition looks to support female entrepreneurs with a grant and business mentoring support directed towards exploring the viability and commercial potential of their innovative business idea.

This competition is open to women with:

  • an exciting, novel idea
  • an established business looking to explore a new product or market

Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to £35,000 from Techstart Ventures, and a business mentor through the Women in Business mentoring programme.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities for support include (but are not limited to):

  • concept or prototype development
  • market research
  • market validation
  • market testing
  • assessment of uniqueness of intellectual property
  • employment costs where a clear output will be delivered

Eligibility criteria

To apply for the Female Founders grant, the applicant must (among other things):

  • be resident in Northern Ireland
  • be a sole trader, partnership or limited company
  • have an innovative business idea

You can find details of the other criteria, and the application form, in the competition brief on the TechStart website.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 10 January 2023.

An information session will take place for prospective applicants on Wednesday 7 December 2022, 11am-12pm. Book your place at the Female Founders information session