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Chamber and Council launch Start-Up Launch Pad NW

The Londonderry Chamber is excited to launch Start-Up Launch Pad NW. 

Start-Up Launch Pad NW is an exciting new business start-up initiative which will provide full wrap around support to two new business owners as they start their entrepreneurial journey.

Delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and with the kind support of Inner City Trust, the successful applicants of the Start-Up Launch Pad NW package will receive a year’s worth of support with a value of £10K which includes:

  •   Support with the development of a business plan under the Go For It programme.
  •   2 days’ tailored mentor support with business development under the BIG programme
  •   City centre office space for one year at the Chamber of Commerce building valued at over £4,500
  •   £500 grant for business digital equipment
  •   Mentor support from Paul Clancy, CEO Londonderry Chamber of Commerce
  •   Access to Chamber network and peer support

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates must be thinking of starting a new business and provide proof that they have completed the Go For It Programme in the last 6 or have recently registered on the Go for It programme.

Must not be part of a franchise

Judging Criteria

1.     Innovative business idea

2.     Growth, export, commercial potential

3.     Entrepreneurial spirit and drive

4.     Market research

5.     Ability to positively impact on the economy of Derry & Strabane

6.     How the prize package will be used by the business


Launch of competition: Friday 3rd September 2021

Closing Date for applications: 12pm on Friday 24th Sept 2021

Dragons den style pitch for shortlisted applicants: Friday 1st October 2021

Winner announced: Friday 8th October 2021

To apply and for more information visit https://www.derrystrabane.com/LaunchpadNW