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Grants, loans, pitches, investment, applications… it can be a minefield to find funding for your business.

What are the options available to you? Are they right for you? Are you ready for this? How do you even begin to make a good application?

It can be a dream come true to secure grant funding for your business, but of course there is a lot of criteria and it can be very competitive for those that apply - you have to be ready!

This webinar will help you to gain a better understanding of grant finance. Several funders, such as Techstart, Innovation UK, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) and Invest NI will join the session to:

-    Highlight what grants are currently available
-    Explain how the application and scoring process works
-    Share advice on how to improve your grant writing skills.

We will also be inviting along some local entrepreneurs who will share their recent experience of grant success.

*This webinar is one of a four part series delivered by the Inclusive Entrepreneurship NI group. 

What is the Inclusive Entrepreneurship NI Group?
The Inclusive Entrepreneurship Group is a partnership of entrepreneurs and business support organisations who are committed to supporting local business founders. It includes representatives from AwakenHub, British Business Bank, Bubble Bum, Diversity Mark NI, Raise Ventures, Startacus, Ulster Bank, Ulster University & Women in Business NI.

In October 2020 British Business Bank, published ‘Alone Together: Entrepreneurship and Diversity in the UK’.  The Report examined the profound effects which ethnic and economic background, gender and place have on entrepreneurial opportunities and outcomes.

As a result of the report's findings and with a desire to drive tangible change, a voluntary working group of stakeholders from across the NI entrepreneurial and business support network came together, to focus on identifying and addressing the challenges & obstacles faced by NI-based entrepreneurs.

A survey was then designed, primarily aimed at improving our understanding of potential barriers in relation to five key areas – gender, ethnicity, disability, socio-economically disadvantaged & neurodiversity - and to  help improve and shape the NI entrepreneurial and startup space, so that it functions more effectively for a more inclusive and diverse community. The survey ran in 2022 and was subsequently independently analysed by the UUEPC in a voluntary capacity.

The survey showed that finance issues such as access to finance and investments were the biggest challenge for females with more than one quarter identifying finance as their biggest challenge. This lead to 4 partners in the group developing a series of short online webinars, accessible to all.

In collaboration with:

Inclusive Entrepreneurship NI