North Ireland Female Founders Grants Competition

Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants Competition

Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants Competition is now open for interested and qualified female entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland.

Female entrepreneurs who are based in Northern Ireland with innovative business ideas are called to apply for grants worth up to £35,000 to enable them kickstart their businesses.

This female Founders Funding Opportunity is sponsored by the Techstart Ventures and Women in Business. It is to support novel idea or established business looking to explore new a product or market.

Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £35k. The grants will be provided by Techstart Ventures. Successful Applicants will also receive a business mentor through the Women in Business mentoring programme.

Objective of the Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants Competition

This Female Founders Funding Opportunity will seek to support female entrepreneurs with a grant and business mentoring support directed towards exploring the viability and commercial potential of their innovative business idea.

Competition Schedule

  • Applications are now Open
  • Information Session – Thursday 13th January 2022 @ 10am-12pm. Find out more & book here
  • Application Closing Date – Monday 31st January 2022 @ Noon
  • All eligible applicants will be invited to a Pitch Session with Techstart & Women in Business – week commencing 21st February 2022 (further details on this will be provided post-application submission)
  • Decisions on applications will be made by the end of February 2022

Eligibility Criteria for Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants

  • Applicants must be a Sole Trader, Partnership or Limited Company to apply. Applications from Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises will not be considered.
  • You (i.e. Sole Trader, Partnership, Limited Company) must have an innovative business idea.
  • You must be resident in Northern Ireland, and if the principal applicant is applying through a Limited Company then the Company must be registered in Northern Ireland, with the principal applicant being the majority shareholder in the Limited Company. (Please note that Techstart may ask for a copy of a recent utility bill for proof of address)
  • If you are applying for some of the grant to cover the employment costs of people promoting the project, then the application must be made by a Limited Company.
  • For independent third-party costs, at application stage you must identify your proposed supplier. If your proposed supplier has provided you with a quotation, you should append to your application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide formal quotations from the proposed Suppliers in advance of a Letter of Offer being issued.
  • Up to 30% of the grant awarded is available to cover the employment costs of the people promoting the project with a set daily rate of £200. For such costs to be approved, your application must clearly detail what work will be done during the PoC project under these costs and what the output will be. Please note that Administration Time, Project Management Time and similar Overhead activities will not be eligible activities to be covered within employment costs.

How to Apply for Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants

Applications for the Female Founders Funding Opportunity are currently open!

To Apply, all you need to do is submit our online Application Form, by the Closing Date, via the following link Northern Ireland Female Founders Grants application website.

To know more about this grants competition for female entrepreneurs based in North Ireland, please visit Techstart Ventures website. You will be able to get answers to the following questions there

  • Who can I use to undertake Grant related activities?
  • What activities are Not Eligible within the Grant?
  • What activities are Eligible within the Grant?
  • Can the Grant be used to cover employment costs?
  • If my application is unsuccessful, will I be given feedback?
  • If I am successful, how is the Grant money paid?
  • What happens if my application is successful?

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