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Helping Northern Ireland firms to spring into action

Published 30/08/2016

Austin Coll (left) of Danske Bank and John Knapton of Springboard
Austin Coll (left) of Danske Bank and John Knapton of Springboard

Northern Ireland start-up companies are being given the chance to expand and grow their businesses as part of an accelerator programme.

The Danske Business Lab, which is being run in partnership with Catalyst Inc's Springboard programme, is a mentoring process open to "innovative companies with high growth potential".

And those taking part will go through a 16-week programme, which will see every aspect of its business analysed, including finance, sales and marketing.

John Knapton, director of Springboard, said that "access to proven, experienced experts and mentors is priceless but effective".

He said of the 61 firms which have gone through the scheme in the last eight years, 96% are still going.

Austin Coll, senior manager of business banking at Danske Bank, said: "Northern Ireland is rich with scaleable companies and talented individuals that have the potential to grow into market leaders. Danske Business Lab will help high growth potential companies harness their true capabilities and provide them with some of the tools needed."

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