Start-up support for female entrepreneurs

Support for women in business

You can become a successful female entrepreneur with the right support, good planning and the will to succeed.

Specific support for women

There are some support initiatives specifically designed for women.

    Women in Business (WIB) is Northern Ireland’s largest and fastest growing network for business women and entrepreneurs. WIB has over 1,000 members and offers events aimed at helping women develop both personally and professionally, make connections and ultimately grow their business.

    Support programmes include the Power of 4 programme, which offers local women a chance to be part of a six-month programme that provides training, mentoring, role model support and builds a peer network.

    WIB also have a mentoring programme with over 50 mentors providing business support and guidance to network members. 

    WIB also offer a variety of free marketing benefits to all members including publication of their news articles in a quarterly magazine and in a monthly ezine. Find out more about WIB.

    Councils and local enterprise agencies run specific initiatives for female entrepreneurs.

    Find finance and advice

    The NI business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of assistance you may be eligible to apply for.
    Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.

    Back Her Business is a NI crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs. The crowdfunding is available via time-limited competitions taking place throughout the year. For more information see crowdfunding websites.