Fund created to fast track young Ards entrepreneurs
More than £3,000 of free support is to be offered to young entrepreneurs across north Down in a bid to help them become their own boss as quickly as possible.
The Bright Idea programme is open to 18-29 year olds who want to start their own business.
The scheme, modelled on American business accelerator schemes, will provide a series of workshops to inspire business ideas along with a £3,000 support package including a free website, accounts advice, a marketing plan, mentoring and an investor's boot camp.
Part funded by Ards Borough Council, along Armagh, Banbridge, Down and Newry & Mourne, Invest NI and the European Regional Development fund the scheme is open to those living in the participating council areas.
Chairman of Ard's Borough Council's Development Committee Councillor Trevor Cummings said: "The Council is committed to economic generation through business development and the Bright Idea programme provides a great opportunity to nurture local talent.
"The scheme will support young people with innovative business ideas to develop these to set up on their own, providing employment for young people in an economy where many are struggling to find work."