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Northern Ireland’s most powerful, personalised, accelerator programme for innovation companies

What is Springboard?

Open to innovation companies with high growth potential, Springboard is a personalised accelerator programme, based around a unique network of experienced entrepreneurs, whose collective knowledge will challenge and coach to help maximise opportunity and reduce go-to-market risk.

Providing a globally proven format, successful for over 25 years in building sustainable, growing businesses...

Springboard is

Uniquely Customised...
to maximise potential and help to resolve weakness in your market frame, value proposition and commercialisation strategy

‘In-business’ Process...
that won’t disrupt your core business activities

Complete Process...
that can support you right through to securing investment capital

Springboard will

Springboard provides a network of Critical Friends who stress-test your product idea, helping to refine the proposition and avoid costly mistakes.

Our approach is uncompromising, our support is unconditional. Experienced Entrepreneurs in Residence give valuable insight freely to help your business succeed.

Agility is important. Springboard takes just 16 weeks to help you build a robust business model, reduce risk and create a commercialisation strategy that investors will love.

Once accepted into Springboard you will be assigned specialist business mentors (Entrepreneurs in Residence, EiRs) to coach you. Assisted by a pool of over 400 subject matter experts, EiRs will provide honest and insightful feedback based on their experience growing successful global businesses. Their role, as ‘critical friends’ is to help you refine and confirm the real opportunity, qualify and improve your value proposition and build a compelling commercialisation strategy. Their help will significantly reduce your go-to-market risk, developing an eminently more investible proposition.

After completion of the Core Process, Springboard alumni can benefit from SB Scale - structured workshops specifically developed to address fundamental business growth blockers, including marketing, sales and access to capital. An early funding triage, for example, can significantly increase your probability of securing capital by matching financial needs, market sector and growth stage, with our circle of funding partners. No matter what issues you face, the Connect team will work with you unconditionally to assist your growth ambitions. Through SB+, our unique global entrepreneur network, we can offer additional assistance to expose you to a larger global market and help secure export business.

Springboard (Northern Ireland) statistics speak volumes:

*figures as of January 2017

How to apply

If your business or idea could benefit from an injection of Springboard’s expertise and enthusiasm, email our co-ordinator, Laura McCarry who can guide you through the application process. The downloadable resources below will give you an indication of what to expect.

Our Processes

Springboard’s incalculable value to companies is based on a process, proven over 25+ years of success. 12 months of tailored pro-bono support, bounded by an intense core accelerator process, followed with a tailored scaling process that can assist in securing both funding and export business.

Core Process

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Scaling Process

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Springboard Podcast

The Springboard podcast series, Succeed in Business, brings you insights from real experiences to help you build strong business acumen.  

Listen to our latest podcast now via iTunes and Soundcloud:


Steering Team

Jude Lynch (Chair)

Connect EiR

Austin Coll

Danske Bank

Noel Culbert


Chris Guy

Mills Selig

Andrew Jennings

Arthur Cox

Scott Kennedy

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

Gavin Kennedy

Bank of Ireland

John Knapton


Peter Lorimer

Monk's Hill Media

Leona McAllister


Brian McCaul


David McHugh


Stephen McKeown

Analytics Engines

Laura McCarry


Neil O'Hare


Aisling O'Hare

Carson McDowell Solicitors

Kieran O'Neill

Deloitte Digital

Clare Passmore

Connect EiR

Brian Reid

BR Consulting

Jonathan Sloan

Barclays Wealth

Elaine Smyth


Alan Watts


Hal Wilson

Techstart NI