Yes You Can is a free female enterprise programme to support women along the idea, start up and growth stage of their business journey.

Entrepreneurship is the backbone of the Northern Irish economy, and female start ups have the potential to add over £7 billion to the NI economy which is why Women in Business is funding this programme, alongside sponsorship from Belfast City Council.

Yes You Can begins in September 2022 and we would love to know if you want to get involved in starting or growing your business alongside the support of like-minded women.

Complete your expression of interest here.

 

Have a look at what it is all about…

There are 4 separate strands of the programme to help women with the challenges and opportunities at different stages of owning their business. 

Imagine It
We have 6 exclusive full day bootcamps for 20 women who are in need of some guidance when it comes to pursuing their business idea – can you Imagine It? The bootcamp will take place across different locations in Northern Ireland as we encourage change, confidence and communication as an entrepreneur. As we will focus on your idea, your vision, and provide practical advice on how to drive it all forward.
Explore It
A hybrid 4 month long programme for 30 female entrepreneurs who are in the idea stage or early trading stages of business. With on going support, you will be guided on how to put what you learn into practice through Business Start training, Digital Marketing training, Peer Advisory Groups and 1:1 Buddy Support.
Grow It
This is a brand new strand of the Yes You Can programme and we want to know what business owners most need when it comes to aspiring business growth; whether it is peer networking in small groups, workshops or recommendations from business facilitators, experts and entrepreneurs. We plan to provide 2 Grow It Programmes: Prog 1 will be exclusively for Belfast based businesses, sponsored by Belfast City Council. (15 spaces). Prog 2 will be Northern Ireland wide. (15 spaces)
£20K Pitching Competition

A platform for female entrepreneurs, from across Northern Ireland, to pitch their business idea. This pitching competition allows 6 finalists to be in with the chance of winning £3,000 for their business. These finalists will then be invited to take part in a final live pitch, at the Women in Business All Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference, Oct 2022. Where they will have the opportunity to win a further £2,000 and press coverage on their success.

Imagine It

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£20k Pitching Competition

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Grow it

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Explore It

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Educational Partners

Belfast Met Queens Uni Ulster Uni