The Bright Idea youth entrepreneurship programme is an innovative business start up programme created by the councils in the South East region of Northern Ireland who have come together to offer this unique new programme to young people in the 18 to 29 age group, living in one of the participating Council areas. The council regions include the Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry and Mourne areas.
This programme aims to assist local, young entrepreneurs, with the pre-start and start-up phases of their business ideas to positively impact on the local economy by becoming business owners. The programme will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and motivate potential business owners in the 18 to 29 age group, to think and act positively to get their business idea off the ground. Highly innovative techniques will be used to teach and enhance participants abilities to begin successful businesses in growth and export sectors.
Bright Idea is based on the leading US business accelerator programmes. It is designed to equip 18-29 year olds with the knowledge and support that young entrepreneurs who plan to start a business or have aspirations to become their own boss, to make that a reality. We understand you may have time restraints due to education or job commitments so have designed a series of expert workshops to inspire your business idea and prepare you for becoming your own boss as quickly as possible.
This project is part financed by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, and the local authorities of Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down and Newry & Mourne. Invest Northern Ireland works with individuals, companies and organisations in manufacturing and tradable services which show the ambition and commitment to grow by being more innovative, more entrepreneurial and more internationally focused.