Digital Surge Programme


Support for small businesses including workshops, a diagnostic report, mentoring support, a digital acceleration plan and routing to more intensive supports and funding.

Eligibility criteria:

This fully funded programme is for eligible organisations from any sector including manufacturing, tradeable services, retail, tourism, hospitality, agriculture, construction and social enterprises.

To join this programme your organisation must:

  • be an enterprise or social enterprise based in NI
  • have less than 50 employees
  • not be an Invest NI client (or have approval from your Invest NI client representative to participate in the programme)
  • require specialist support to embark on a "digital transformation journey"
  • not be able to access similar support from existing economic development stakeholders
  • be able to confirm that the Digital Surge mentoring will not take them over the State Aid de minimis ceiling of €200,000 over the current and two previous fiscal years, or if applicable, the £315,000 Minimal Financial Assistance contribution. Find out more.
Additional information:

The Digital Surge Programme is a NI-wide programme, part funded by all 11 local councils. It supports small businesses that are deemed to have digital transformation potential and related ambitions across any sector.

Support includes:

  • two half-day workshops on the fundamentals of digital transformation and innovation
  • a diagnostic report outlining an innovation and digital transformation plan for your organisation produced by an innovation consultant
  • masterclass workshops to showcase the advanced technologies such as Blockchain, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Virtual Reality / Immersive Tech and Robotics
  • six days of mentoring support from advanced technology experts
  • a digital acceleration plan produced for your organisation
  • routing to more intensive supports and funding

The programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

Support organisation:
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
  • Belfast City Council
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Mid Ulster District Council
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
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Digital Surge Programme
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