Yes You Can support programme and pitching competition

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

Women in Business, with sponsorship from Belfast City Council, is funding a new Yes You Can programme which will start in September 2022.

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

Imagine It bootcamp

From September to December 2022, Women in Business have lined up an exclusive one day bootcamp for 20 women who are in need of some guidance when it comes to pursuing their business idea – can you Imagine It?
The event will be taking place across six different locations in Northern Ireland to encourage change, confidence and communication as an entrepreneur. The focus will be on your idea, your vision, and practical advice will be provided on how to drive it all forward.

Each bootcamp will be hosted by two experienced facilitators, along with guest speakers from our local entrepreneurial community to share their business tips and secrets to success – not forgetting vital networking opportunities to connect with like-minded women.

Find out more about the Imagine It bootcamp.

Applications are now open.

Explore It programme

The Explore It programme offers free support to women who are at the pre-start (idea stage) or early stage of trading in their business.

The programme will provide support over a four month period, from October 2022 to February 2023, allowing time to action some of the programme learnings. Training will address a wide range of business start up issues and help to build confidence and grow business skills.

Find out more about the Expore It programme and how to apply.

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 5 September 2022.

Grow It programme

This is a brand new strand of the Yes You Can programme focused on 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.

Find out more about the Grow It Programme.

Applications are not currently open.

Yes You Can pitching competition

As part of the programme, a £20,000 pitching competition will offer a platform for female entrepreneurs from across Northern Ireland to pitch their best business ideas. Six finalists will be selected and given a chance to win £3,000 for their business. They will then be invited to take part in a final live pitch, at the Women in Business All Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference on Tuesday 11 October 2022, with the opportunity to win a further £2,000 and press coverage on their success.

Find out how to apply to the Yes You Can pitching competition.

Complete your application by 5pm on Monday 12 September 2022.

If you'd like to get involved with the rest of the programme, complete this expression of interest and let Women in Business know.

Find out more about the different strands of the Yes You Can Programme.

If you have any enquiries, you can email

First published 6 July 2022