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Join Co-Founders if you are curious about building a product that customers will love with a bunch of like-minded, talented people.

Our vision for Northern Ireland is to create a community of innovators so powerful its people can change the world. We realise many people would love to be an entrepreneur but may not have a product idea or may not know someone who has complementary skills.

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

Apply for Co-Founders if you want: 

  • to meet like-minded people and form a team through the Hothouse weekend 
  • to build your creative confidence 
  • to work on a side project (this could be on your own idea or helping others to get their idea off the ground) 
  • to create a prototype/product that can be truly disruptive within a sector/market
  • to find out more about co-founding a start-up

The Co-Founders programme comprises 2 main components - the Hothouse and Core. Core is for ready formed teams & the Hothouse allows individuals to form teams. 

If you are already part of a team and have an early stage idea but need help to find product market fit - you can apply for direct entry to the Core element of the programme. 

Hothouse - Applications Closed


Apply to the Hothouse to meet like-minded and talented individuals to form teams over a weekend. The strongest teams will then be eligible to join the Co-Founders Core programme and work on their product idea.


Friday 22nd February 2019 (5.30pm - 9pm)

Saturday 23rd February 2019 (9am - 5pm)

Venue: Catalyst Inc, Innovation Centre,

Queen’s Road Belfast

Cost FREE (however significant time commitment)


Core - Applications Open

Teams can apply to the 11-week programme directly without going through the Hothouse. 


Saturday 9th March 2019 (9am - 1pm) - Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop  

Monday evenings (6pm - 9pm) starting Monday 11th March to Monday 10th June 2019 (excluding Easter & May Bank Holidays)

Venue: Catalyst Inc, Innovation Centre,

Queen’s Road Belfast

Cost FREE (significant time commitment but we do understand if you miss 1 or 2 Monday evenings due to work commitments)


Further Information

Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub 

For the duration of the programme, all teams will get free access to the new Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub - a new co-working space on the ground floor of Danske Bank’s headquarters in Donegall Square West, right in the heart of Belfast. 

Find out more and view the space here.

Co-Founders 2019 Brochure

Further information on Co-Founders can be found in our 2019 Programme brochure. Click here to read

If you want to start a company or join a startup team and have the time, energy and enthusiasm to commit to this programme, we would like you to join us. Please contact Sonya Kerr, Programme Manager, for further information.