'Explore It' is an initiative which targets women who have not started trading. It will support participants through 3 one-day workshops and 3 months of buddy support from an experienced female entrepreneur. The initiative will help participants turn their idea into reality and will be delivered throughout Northern Ireland.
Each participant is allocated a 'Buddy', who supports them through meetings, telephone calls and online communication over 3 months, with a total of 8hrs support per person.
A Buddy is a female entrepreneur with experience of all areas of business start-up, who can support their efforts, guide them, and introduce them to other key connections and business support in the area. Matches will be made based on the unique barriers the participant faces e.g. redundancy, health challenges, lack of knowledge of the market or language/communication issues.
Each area will have a group of 15 women who will be encouraged to work together on their business ideas. The group will meet monthly for 3 months, to take part in facilitated discussions and problem solving with role models (women who are successfully trading in their businesses). The role models will give participants direction, encourage them, give practical business advice, or assist them in developing useful connections.
It is hoped that participants will be ready to access Go For It business planning support during this phase.
Delivery will run from September to December.
Applications are now closed
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