Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Chance for entrepreneurs to receive priceless mentoring

Entrepreneurs anxious to get a new business off the ground now have the chance to fast-track their ideas through a one-to-one mentoring programme.

Springboard, the NISP CONNECT programme, is offering inventors, entrepreneurs and emerging companies free guidance from top tier experts in a variety of fields from across Ireland.

Candidates from the life science and high tech sectors are being invited to apply for the programme but it's a tough process for the select few, said programme manager Meagan Blanton.

She revealed that only one in four applicants graduate the programme but stressed: "They are the very best, the ones you know are really going somewhere."

Local firms to have benefited from the Springboard programme include LifeScienceHub and come April, Analytics Engines will join the ranks of graduates.

Mentors have included Karl Mulligan, former VP of Almac Diagnostics, and JG Doherty, former CEO of Amphion.

Applicants must first participate in a panel assessment before being selected to experience one-to-one coaching sessions which last eight to 12 weeks.

The sessions are aimed at ironing out prospective business models before commercialising the plans. Applicants then present their model to experts.

Visit www.nisp.co.uk to apply.