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Yes You Can £20,000 Pitching Competition

6 January 2020


Opportunity for female entrepreneurs to win part of a £20,000 pitching fund

Yes You Can is a three-year female enterprise programme delivered by Women in Business throughout Northern Ireland in collaboration with the 11 Local Councils and Invest NI. 

The Yes You Can £20,000 pitching competition returns to support females on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Who is it for?

  • females who have an innovative idea
  • females at an idea stage and ready to launch a new business
  • female business owners already trading (under two years)
  • if you applied last year and didn't get through try again this year

What is it? 

The Yes You Can Pitching competition provides female entrepreneurs with a platform to pitch their business idea.

Regional heats will take place w/c 3 February 2020 across Northern Ireland. 

36 finalists will be announced from the following six regions and invited to purchase a ticket for the Female Entrepreneur Conference:

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

Six Regional winners will be announced at the Women in Business Female Entrepreneur Conference on 3 March 2020. The six regional winners will win £3,000 and will have an opportunity to pitch for a further £2,000 at the conference. One overall winner will be awarded £5,000. 

Competition dates

  • Pitching applications are now open - applications close at 12:00 on 20 January 2020 
  • Regional heats will take place w/c 3 February 2020 
  • Regional winners will be invited to pitch on 3 March 2020 

Find further information and details on how to apply.