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Alternative sources of finance

Additional support for your business


Security may be required. Product fees may apply. Over 18s only. Subject to status, business use only. Any property or asset used as security may be repossessed or forfeited if you do not keep up repayments on any debt secured on it.


Funding options


Acquiring funding is an essential step when looking to set up a company, as most businesses need that initial cash injection. It's important to understand how much money you'll need and what type of funding will suit you best.

There are a range of funding options that you can consider, including loans from Ulster Bank.

Free accelerator programme


Our Entrepreneur Accelerator programme offers all of the usual benefits, but is fully funded and we don't take any equity in your business.

Interested? Find out more

Alternative sources of finance

Invest NI

  • Provide financial support directly (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Provide expertise to signpost you to alternative sources of funding
Visit Invest NI

Intertrade Ireland

For those businesses looking for alternative means of:

  • Growth finance
  • Seed Funding
  • Business Angel Investment or
  • Venture Capital Funding
Visit Intertrade Ireland

Enterprise NI

Supports entrepreneurs by providing:

  • Schemes 
  • Mentors 
Visit Enterprise NI

Startup Loans Company

Assisting start up businesses by providing:

  • Advice
  • Business Loans
  • Mentoring
Visit Startup Loans Company

UK Business Angels Association

Supporting entrepreneurs by connecting with UK Business Angels.

Visit UK Business Angels Association

Social & Community Capital

Community business loans for charities and social enterprises that don't qualify for mainstream loans.

Find out more
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