Belfast Telegraph

Invest NI launches scheme to Propel your start-up into a world-beater

By Clare Weir

START-up businesses are being invited to take part in a scheme which can fast track business ideas, develop growth plans and explore global prospects.

Invest NI's Propel programme offers intensive business development workshops, specialist advice from local and international experts and introductions to potential investors as well as providing access to shared working space and financial support.

One-to-one mentoring is also a key element, helping participants with specific challenges associated with their business.

Now calling for applications to its 2013/2014 programme, Propel is open to those with an innovative product or service, or an export focused business idea in the advanced planning stages, and is aimed at cultivating successful NI based businesses with the potential to become significant exporters and employers.

Diarmuid Moloney – the founder of Rotor, an online tool designed to create quick and customised music videos with a professional finish – is currently taking part in Invest NI's Propel programme.

"The support I've received has been invaluable," he said.

"Since engaging with the programme I have developed a much clearer blueprint for what exactly my business is and how it needs to be developed.

"I've also explored who my markets are and how to reach them, what I need to do in order to prepare myself for investment and the structures needed to make Rotor a success."

To launch Propel programme and outline how it can help turn an idea into a globally focused business, Invest NI is running five regional awareness seminars during September in Armagh, Cookstown, Antrim, Londonderry and Belfast. For more information on the events or to register, go to www.investni.com/events.

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