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Applications open soon for 2023.

Programme type:

Face to face

Northern Ireland

Ticket Price:

Member - £0.00 (+VAT)

Non-member - £0.00 (+VAT)

At a glance…

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

The programme will provide support 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 2 Explore It programmes, one for the Belfast City Council area and one which will be Northern Ireland wide.
There will be 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.

Express your interest


Rosemary Morrison

Rosemary Morrison

Belfast 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

Northern Ireland 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.

New dates are on the way for Spring 2023. If you have any enquiries, please contact:

“I started the programme with a business idea and little more. 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

“This programme has been amazing from start to finish all the content has been very beneficial for my business and I wouldn’t be where I am with my business if it wasn’t for this programme.”

YYC participant

“I've taken risks I wouldn't have before the programme to put myself out there, and now I've started the journey I want to be on. I have a progression plan that I'm confident to follow now instead of it being a pipe dream.”

YYC participant

“The programme helped to refine our ‘elevator pitch’, with clarity on our business personality and USP’s. We are still pre trading, so lots of the information we learnt will still be of use in the future when we launch our business to the market.”

YYC participant

“The programme has helped me boost sales through platforms. I have renamed my business and now use Instagram and Facebook - it has all been worthwhile!”

YYC participant



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