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Applications open in June 2023.

Programme type:

Face to face

Northern Ireland

Ticket Price:

Member - £0.00 (+VAT)

Non-member - £60.00 (+VAT)

At a glance…

The Explore It programme offers support to women who are at the pre-start (idea stage) or early stage of trading in their business.

Support will be delivered over a 4 month period allowing time to action some of the programme learnings. Training will address a wide range of business start up issues and help to build confidence and grow business skills.

There will be 3 Explore It programmes across Northern Ireland.
With 15 participants on each programme - as an important part of the Yes You Can ethos is to enable participants to build a peer group for brainstorming of brilliant ideas and sharing in support with like minded women.

Who is it for?
  • If you have a business idea, and may have carried out some research, but you are not sure if it is viable or how to go from idea to trading

  • If you have received some support with your business idea (e.g attended the Go For It programme) but you need more help to secure your first sales

  • If you have had some sales but it is low level (hobby/side hustle) and your vision is to create a full time business

  • If you are trading less than a year and sales levels are still very low and you need to review your idea and develop your sales and marketing

What's involved?
  • Business start training | 2 x full day in person training days & 2 half day online workshops to cover everything you need to know about starting and developing your business idea. Delivered by experienced female trainers. Workshops will be practical and you will work a lot in groups to build your peer network and to support each other in the development of your business ideas.

  • Digital Marketing training | 2 x half day online workshops to ensure you get found online. This will be delivered by a specialist digital marketing consultant.

  • Peer advisory groups | 3 x evening time meet ups with your group to brainstorm ideas with support from 3-4 experienced business women. 2 x meet ups will be on zoom and the final one will be in person.

  • Buddy support | 8 x hours of 1:1 support with a business mentor or specialist mentor to focus on your specific issues.

  • 4 months of ongoing support | A dedicated coordinator who will direct and support you and an online private group for discussion and advice.

Dates you need to know
Explore It 1 | In person sessions | Lagan Valley, Lisburn - applications close Tue 4th March.

Business training 1 | Tue 2nd May 9.30am - 4.30pm
Business training 2 | Tue 9th May 10.00am - 1.00pm
Business training 3 | Tue 16th May 10.00am - 1.00pm
Business training 4 | Tue 23rd May 9.30am - 4.30pm

Digital 1 | Tue 30 May 10.00am - 1.00pm
Digital 2 | Tue 6th Jun 10.00am - 1.00pm

Evening 1 | Tue 20th Jun 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Evening 2 | Wed 6th Sep  7.00pm - 9.00pm
Evening 3 | Thu 5th Oct 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Explore It 2 | In person sessions | Ballymena - applications close Tue 4th April.

Business training 1 | Wed 10 May 9.30am - 4.30pm
Business training 2 | Wed 17th May 10.00am - 1.00pm
Business training 3 | Wed 24th May 10.00am - 1.00pm
Business training 4 | Wed 31st May 9.30am - 4.30pm

Digital 1 | Wed 13th Sep 10.00am - 1.00pm
Digital 2 | Wed 20th Sep 10.00am - 1.00pm

Provisional dates:

Evening 1 | 14th Jun* 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Evening 2 | 6th Sep* 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Evening 3 | 11th Oct* 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Explore It 3 | In person sessions | Dungannon (Sep 2023) - applications open June 2023
Express your interest


Rosemary Morrison

Rosemary Morrison

Lisburn facilitator

Rosemary is a specialist in business training & mentoring for start-up & growth businesses. She has lead her own business for 20+years, working as a trainer, facilitator and mentor. She absolutely loves her work and to see the development of her clients gaining sales and competitive advantage. She has an extensive network of past clients and business connections, and is always ready to connect her clients to others to build partnerships and opportunities.

Colleen McAreavey

Colleen McAreavey

Ballymena facilitator

Colleen is the Business Development Manager at Mallusk Enterprise Park. She also owns and manages her own business and has an active financial management role within her family’s business. Colleen has over 20 years experience as a business adviser and this experience has been further consolidated via formal qualification to include a Bsc Hons degree and an Msc in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Colleen also has completed a level 4 Chartered Management qualification which assist in her role as a business adviser.

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“All the content has been very beneficial for my business and I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for this programme.”

YYC participant

“Since starting the programme I have clarified exactly what it is I want to offer, secured premises for my fitness sessions and will be ready to launch soon.”

YYC participant

“I've taken risks that I wouldn't have before the programme, to put myself out there, now I've started the journey I want to be on. ”

YYC participant

“The programme helped to refine our ‘elevator pitch’, with clarity on our business personality and USP’s.”

YYC participant

“Thoroughly enjoyed this programme. Trainers were encouraging and very knowledgeable.”

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