Belfast Telegraph

Techies get Springboard to success

By Heather McGarrigle

Nisp Connect, the entrepreneurship acceleration programme based at the Northern Ireland Science Park has launched its flagship programme, Springboard.

The programme is designed to deliver mentoring support to science and technology entrepreneurs at different stages of growth.

Backed by experienced 'Entrepreneurs and Executives in Residence', Springboard offers free coaching to companies and innovators who reckon they've the potential to achieve £10m to £100m turnover within a decade.

The scheme will deliver support regardless of where the company is in the business development cycle.

Joanne Jennings, Programme Manager for Springboard, said it offered "access to a panel of seasoned experts who will offer free advice on business and financial models, marketing plan, projections, intellectual property matters, due diligence and financing".

She added: "This diversity of feedback is critical for entrepreneurs considering how to commercialise potentially disruptive technology. Through such business model testing and refinement we expect to fast-track more successful innovation entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland."

Entrepreneur in Residence Denis Murphy said: "This type of programme did not exist here when I was considering starting my first business and there is no doubt that if it had been, the journey would have been so much easier.

"The access to one-on-one coaching with an experienced mentor and then to have your business model tested by a range of industry and business experts is an amazing opportunity."