Applications for Northern Ireland’s most exciting start-up programme are now open, with aspirational tech start-ups applicants from outside of Northern Ireland encouraged to apply for the first time.

The 12-week Ignite NI Accelerator programme is offering companies from around the world the opportunity to grow their start-up in Belfast’s thriving tech community.

Successful applicants will benefit from £15,000 loan, with an additional £5,000 available to any companies taking part from outside Northern Ireland.

The programme is designed to support established technology companies that have already launched and now need help scaling and raising further investment.

The programme also includes 9 months’ free co-working space at the Ormeau Baths tech hub and access to some of the best mentoring and practical advice on offer from start-up experts and investors.

The deadline for applications to the Ignite NI Accelerator is 14th February 2018, with the programme running for 12 weeks from 26th March.

Tristan Watson, managing director of Ignite and Peter Edgar, programme manager at Ignite NI, have called on start-ups from around Europe to come and be part of Belfast’s burgeoning tech scene.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Belfast – it’s a city that is rapidly evolving and which is now the home of so many innovative start-ups. The Ignite NI Accelerator offers companies the option to grow their start-up in a tech-focused environment, supported by creative and ambitious thinkers,” said Tristan.

Peter adds: “Regardless of where you are currently based if you have a start-up business which has gained some traction and you’re now looking to grow, we would encourage you to apply for Ignite NI and come over to cultivate your company in Belfast.

“Ormeau Baths is home to a growing community of like-minded tech entrepreneurs and we believe that community will be hugely beneficial to anyone taking part in the Accelerator. So, take a look and get your application in now.”

To apply for the Ignite Accelerator go to https://igniteni.com/#apply

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