A government scheme for start-up and young businesses is being extended to Northern Ireland this month.
Start-Up Loans is a new £117m initiative that provides financial support in the form of a repayable loan and business mentoring.
Jonathan Pfahl, managing director of Rockstar Group, which is administering the fund here, said that loans can be for a start-up or an existing business with a new project that needs funding.
"Entrepreneurs and business owners aged 18 and over can access an unsecured loan from £2,500 to £10,000," he said.
"They will also access a quality business mentor and also other support for their business. To date, the interest on the loan is at an average rate of 6% per annum."
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster added: "This will encourage even more people from Northern Ireland to be entrepreneurial with access to finance, as well as professional mentors who can offer knowledge and expertise."