Invest NI: Propel Your Business Idea to Global Success

Alison Reid, Invest NI with Roger McCracken, Invest NI Propel Programme participant.
Alison Reid, Invest NI with Roger McCracken, Invest NI Propel Programme participant.

Invest Northern Ireland is calling on Derry entrepreneurs with an innovative, export-focused business idea to propel themselves forward and sign up for the Propel Programme information seminar on Thursday 11th September at the White Horse Hotel.

The seminar will give guests detailed information and inspirational insight from people that have benefited from this programme, which helps turn local businesses into the global success stories.

The Invest NI Propel Programme is aimed at high calibre entrepreneurs who have the passion and energy to succeed on an international stage. Applicants must be in the advanced stages of planning, capable of commercialisation within the next 6-9months and show significant global growth potential.

The programme is both exciting and challenging for participants, with successful applicants receiving extensive one-to-one mentorship from experienced international entrepreneurs. The support and advice on offer from a world-class delivery team, blended alongside a variety of business development workshops will focus on fast tracking the business through the planning stages and get the business ready for investment.

Derry business man Roger McCracken is one local entrepreneur currently benefiting from the programme. Since being accepted onto Propel in 2013/14, Roger has been helped to build his idea into a market ready business, Meat Connected, an innovative software platform which provides the meat industry with supply chain management tools and other systems aimed at increasing efficiency.

At the White Horse seminar, previous Propel participant, Kevin Logue will discuss his experience of the programme and answer any questions from attendees regarding the application process and, support offered.

Founder of ‘Uproar Comics’, a multimedia production company focusing on the production and publishing of digital comics, Kevin said: “When I first started Uproar Comics I had a vision of where I wanted to take the business and who would benefit from our products. Coming from an animation background I didn’t have much knowledge on drafting business plans or attracting investment. The Propel Programme offered me thorough guidance in setting clear business objectives and planning for international growth.

“The Invest NI Propel Programme has helped bring Uproar Comics to life and has led to larger animation projects and the releases of the ‘digital experience’ comic,” Kevin added.

Niall Casey, Invest NI’s Director of Skills and Strategy says: “The Propel Programme provides a dynamic culture and environment for innovative, enthusiastic individuals who have an export focused service or product that can be commercialised within 6-9 months. The programme has excellent credentials with over 80 new local companies accessing over £8m of investment and creating over 220 jobs.

“The Propel Programme attracts a diverse range of businesses each year – from consumer focused products to business solutions software- and we wish to continue recruiting such high calibre entrepreneurs to build on the programme’s success,” continued Mr Casey.

If you think your business meets the criteria and you wish to follow in the footsteps of other Derry / Londonderry entrepreneurs the Propel seminar will take place at the White Horse Hotel from 8.30am – 10.30am.

For more information or to apply log on to, email or call 0870 495 4841.