Explore It

An initiative which targets women who have not started trading. Explore it will support participants through 3 one day workshops and 3 months buddy support from an experienced female entrepreneur. The initiative will help participants to turn their idea into reality and will be delivered Northern Ireland wide.


  • Early Stage Start Up
  • Trading less than 2 years 

Why Attend?

Women learn more effectively in a female peer group, therefore achieving greater outcomes. 


Each participant is assessed on her idea, personal barriers, skills and needs. 

Each participant is allocated a Buddy who supports them through meetings, phone calls and online communication over 3 months. A Buddy is a female entrepreneur with participial experience of all areas of business start who can support their efforts, guide them, and introduce them to other key connections and business support in the area. Total of 8hrs support per person. 

Matches will be made based on the unique barriers the participant faces e.g. redundancy, health challenges, lack of knowledge of the market or language/communication issues. 

Ecah area will have a group of 15 women who will be encouraged to work together on their business ideas. There will be a closed Facebook group that will be facilitated to encourage peer support and learning and to create network that will continue beyond facilitated support. 

Each group will be offered 3 days of workshop son pre-start themes such as idea development, creative thinking, market research, goal setting, barriers to start up, idea viability. Sessions to include role models and visit from local NISBUP delivery agent to give information on Go For It and other local support. All regins to deliver similar content and use materials provided. 

The group will meet monthly x 3 months for facilitated discussions and problem solving with role models (women who are successfully trading in their businesses) to give them direction, encourage them, give practical business advice or connect them to useful contacts. It is hoped that participants will be ready to access Go For It business planning support during this phase. 

Dates TBC