Make it Happen – Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) takes place from 16-22 November 2015 and there’s a series of events taking place across Belfast to inspire new and existing entrepreneurs.
This year’s theme is Make it Happen. If you’ve ever had an idea for a business or thought you could be your own boss, we want to encourage you to seize the opportunity and make it happen!
Along with our partners, we’re hosting a series of FREE events during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Selling to Belfast City Council

Date: 16 Nov 2015
Time: 11.45am - 2.30pm
Venue: Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall

Do you want to learn more about how we buy goods and services and how to access these opportunities?

Then come along to this seminar where experts will guide you through the processes and opportunities associated with public sector procurement.

This seminar will include:

• an overview of our procurement process
• information on how to find out about upcoming tender opportunities
• tips on compiling a proposal document
• the evaluation and debrief process

This seminar is free of charge and open to businesses based in the Belfast City Council area.

If you would like to register to attend this event please complete the online registration form

Belfast Digital Business Club: Innovation

Date: 16 Nov 2015
Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Banqueting Hall, City Hall, Belfast

In partnership with Barclays we are hosting the Belfast Digital Business Club: Innovation.

The evening will be a business forum on digital innovation featuring presentations and an interactive showcase of digital technology and innovation supported by digital specialists.

Showcase highlights include: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), making social media work for your business (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) the importance of resilience for SMEs and the opportunity to book in for a digital business review with one of our specialist business digital eagles.

5.30pm: Arrival

6.00pm: Welcome by Barclays host

6.10pm: Barclays business digital eagles: How to connect with your customers in a digital world

6.25pm: Guest speaker: What happens when disaster strikes

7.40pm: Q&A

7.50pm: Showcase, drinks and canapés

8.00pm: Event closes

If you would like to register to attend this event please complete the online registration form

GEW: The one stop event to start a business!

Date: 17 Nov 2015
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Venue: Great Hall, City Hall, Belfast

This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet all of the local organisations that will support you on your way to starting a business. During this session you will also have the opportunity to attend short meet the mentor breakout sessions focusing on:

generating new business ideas

Taking place from 12.30 – 1.30 this session will give you the tools to develop new business ideas and give you the techniques to make them real.

small business finance

Taking place from 1.30 – 2.30 this session will allow you to see what is available to finance your small business through traditional and alternative funding options. This workshop will be delivered by Invest Northern Ireland and the Halo network.

marketing on a budget

Taking place from 2.30 – 3.30 this session will help you explore cost effective marketing channels and how they can work for you and your small business. Confirmed exhibitors for this event include:

• North Belfast Social Enterprise Hub
• East Belfast Social Enterprise Hub
• SME Centre at University of Ulster
• Ulsterbank/E-spark
• Barclays
• North City Business Centre
• Ormeau Business Park
• East Belfast Enterprises
• City Business Hub
• Invest NI

If you would like to register to attend this event please complete the online registration form

GEW: Social innovation student challenge

Date: 18 Nov 2015
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Venue: The Hive

This session will challenge up to 50 young people to create innovative solutions to 5 social challenges.

During this event the participants will be introduced to a design thinking method, focused on developing ideas and will be asked to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges.

The day will finish with a short ten minute pitch by the teams.

Lunch and snacks will be provided for all participants and there will be prizes on the day.

If you would like to register to attend this event please complete the online registration form

Partner Events

BEN: Journey to success

Date: 19 Nov 2015
Time: 5.30pm - 8pm
Venue: The Black Box

Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) brings local businesses together in an informal environment to help them generate new contacts, create new business opportunities and share great business ideas.

During this event attendees will hear from local business owners who will share their stories of how they 'made it happen' and their journey to success. Attendees will also have the opportunity to put their questions to the panel and network with other local businesses.

Speakers at this event

Matthew Large is CEO of Glistrr and winner of Enterprise NI Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Glistrr is an event intelligence platform, allowing event organisers to leverage data to maximise their revenues. In the past 12 months Glistrr has processed over 800,000 guests in the UK and Ireland and has recently expanded into US and European markets.

Linzi Rooney is the founder and CEO of Studio Souk which sees the coming together of creative entrepreneurs in a stimulating, supportive and positive environment, in the heart of the city centre. Being inspired by one another, learning, growing and developing professionally together whilst educating the public about the creative processes and the creative talent in our city. Studio souk is not just a high street shop – it is a unique and exciting creative experience.

Danny Turley founded Performa Sports in 2010 which was originally a concept developed from Danny’s undergrad project at the Ulster University which he developed further as part of his Masters in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Ulster. Danny’s background was that of a performance analyst with the Armagh GAA team and UX designer. Performa Sports was the winner of the Craigavon ‘Most Innovative Business’ award in 2012 and winner of the ‘Growth Potential’ award at the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

If you would like to register to attend this event please complete the online registration form

Best Practice visit to Ebm/Skainos

Date: 17 Nov 2015
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: The Montrose Room, Skainos

You’re invited to meet the team behind EBM’s successful social enterprise ventures such as Restore, Refresh, Bright Sparks and Refurb. This free event finishes with a tour of the building and lunch. And there’ll be lots of opportunities for networking and learning from others!

Please register your attendance with Lesley or Lyn on: 028 9045 5835 or email:

Scalability: The Challenge of Growth

Date: 20 Nov 2015
Time: 8am - 10am
Venue: Malone Lodge Hotel, Eglantine Ave, Belfast

Dr June O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation, will be joined by a panel of local social business leaders to share insights on the challenges of growing a business.

Email or call 028 9076 1030 to reserve a place at this breakfast master class.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Breakfast Event

Date: 20 Nov 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Belfast

To mark Women’s Entrepreneurship Day The Centre for Peace and Democracy and Ulster Bank are hosting a breakfast event bringing together influential business leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers and social innovators.

Please register your attendance by clicking here

The Decade of the Female Entrepreneur

Date: 20 Nov 2015
Time: 12noon – 2pm
Venue: Ulster Bank 11-16 Donegall Square East

Guest speakers include Dr Maura McAdam (QUB) and Naomh McElhatton (Rua Digital)

Please e-mail to reserve your place.