Join this Catalyst programme to get support and access to mentors and industry experts
Co-Founders is a one-night-a-week programme for anyone who wants to be a co-founder in a start-up team and has the desire to explore the viability of a business idea.
Run by Catalyst and supported by the Department for the Economy, this programme aims to bring together a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds to facilitate collaboration. You will get a chance to build a team to ‘try out’ creating a start-up in a safe, risk-free environment.
Who can apply?
Co-Founders is open to individuals who are curious and want to gain an understanding of product or service development and building a start-up. You don’t need to be an experienced entrepreneur or have a qualification. You just need to have the drive to bring an idea to reality.
Pre-formed teams of up to four people are also welcome to join.
Before you apply, make sure that:
- you have an idea for a high-growth start-up, or
- you have identified a problem space
- you have a skillset that a start-up needs
Find out who can apply to Co-Founders.
Benefits of the programme
Co-Founders can help you:
- form a start-up team with other participants
- upskill with weekly workshops and mentoring
- grow your network and meet talented and skilled individuals
- prepare you to access funding for your start-up
The teams will receive access to mentors and industry experts, who will help to validate their idea, test them in the real world and develop their business. Each team will then pitch to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs allowing them to progress through the programme and access the best funding opportunities.
The deadline for Co-Founders 2024 applications is Thursday 30 November 2023.
Entry to Co-Founders is free. The programme will take place over 12 weeks, on Monday evenings from March to June 2024.
Potential applicants can join the Co-Founders team online on Thursday 9 November 2023, to discover more about the programme, the application process and more.