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Co-Founders is a one-of-a-kind programme for first-time entrepreneurs & early-stage startups

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Form a team

Form a team

Validate your idea

Validate your idea

Build a solution

Build a solution

Belfast
Spring2020

HOTHOUSE WEEKEND

Meet the 2020 cohort over a series of challenges to kick off team formation & a Design Thinking Bootcamp.

Friday 13 March – 5.30pm to 9pm
Saturday 14 March – 9am to 5pm

For more information, contact

Sonya Kerr, Co-Founders Programme Manager sonya.kerr@wearecatalyst.org

CORE PROGRAMME

The programme will consist of a series of immersive workshops and mini-lectures taking place weekly on Wednesdays, with open time to work on your startup.

Wednesdays 4pm to 7pm
18 March to 3 June 2020

Location

Catalyst Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road,
Belfast BT3 9DT*

* Note – (Some workshops may be held in the Fintech Hub by Danske, at Queen’s University or Ulster University but this will be communicated well in advance)

Application Deadline

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Cost

FREE (however significant time commitment is expected)
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Derry
Spring2020

HOTHOUSE WEEKEND

Meet the 2020 cohort over a series of challenges to kick off team formation & a Design Thinking Bootcamp.

For more information, contact

Sonya Kerr, Co-Founders Programme Manager sonya.kerr@wearecatalyst.org

CORE PROGRAMME

The programme will consist of a series of immersive workshops taking place weekly on Wednesdays and mini-lectures, facilitated workshop and open time to work on your startup.

Location

Catalyst Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry,
BT48 7TG

Application Deadline

TBC

Cost

FREE (however significant time commitment is expected)
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What Co-Founders Alumni Say

“Co-Founders is an excellent platform for creative thought with a fantastic group of people and a brilliant initial weekend. I think it's kind of a must for anyone with entrepreneurial aspirations or a dormant desire to change the world. I am really excited about our concept and I wouldn't have the confidence to push this forward if it hadn't been for Co-founders.”

A Co-Founder is a person who, in conjunction with one or two others, is instrumental in starting a business.

Co-Founders is a unique entrepreneurship programme that helps you form a team with like-minded individuals, build creative confidence and develop a product that customers really want. It comprises two areas of focus: how to be a co-founder and how to develop a product mindset. Co-Founders is open to ambitious and talented individuals or established teams interested in developing new product/service innovation focused on science, technology and engineering. The programme has attracted diverse participants such as: software engineers, data scientists, sales and marketing experts, medical professionals, mechanical engineers, researchers, undergraduates and PhDs as well as professionals with many years’ experience.

WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR CO-FOUNDERS?

Co-Founders by Catalyst is open to individuals who are curious and want to gain an understanding of product development and the world of start-ups.

You could be someone with an idea for an exciting new product and need a team to make it happen. Or you might have experienced success in your career to date but want to help someone else get their idea off the ground.

If you’re an established team, you can still apply but need to go through the Hothouse process to meet the rest of the cohort and potentially add further expertise to your team.

WHY APPLY TO BECOME A CO-FOUNDER?

  • brilliant opportunity to meet talented and skilled individuals outside of your normal network
  • helps build resilience by encouraging participants to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
  • learn the difference between a product mindset and growth mindset and how to leverage both
  • gain a better understanding of the startup ecosystem in Northern Ireland
  • get free access to Catalyst co-working space at Catalyst Innovation Centre, Catalyst Hub by Danske or Catalyst Derry

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