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Places for start-up bootcamp remain open

10 November 2020
One local tech company founder has spoken of the help she received in the lead up to starting her own business, encouraging other founders and early stage scalable and technology enabled companies to take part in a start-up bootcamp later this month.
Susan Kelly, CEO of Respiratory Analytics – a company that uses the latest sensor technology in an inhalation training device, combined with cloud hosted data analytics, to help control symptoms for those with respiratory conditions – said that the Derry and Strabane district is a prime location for any new business.
"I know from personal experience that the early stages of a company journey are daunting.
"We have such a good support system here in the north-west for new businesses from many different channels, and I would encourage everyone to take advantage of that support, such as this start-up bootcamp, to obtain advice, guidance and the tools needed to make that next step.
Susan explained: "Engaging with like-minded people, sharing experiences and asking questions was pivotal to rounding out our knowledge of where to go next and building a growth mindset.
"Since setting up Respiratory Analytics late last year, our team has been on an incredible journey and we're looking forward to the future with real excitement about the potential in this region."
The bootcamp will be delivered by Ignite NI in partnership with Derry City & Strabane District Council and Ulster University, and supported by Invest Northern Ireland. 
It is open to any scalable and technology enabled founders/early stage companies in the Council area who want to build a successful start-up of scale. It will be delivered through a one-day online course on Wednesday, 25th November.
Ian Browne, Chief Operating Officer of Ignite NI, said the bootcamp will assist start-ups in where to go next, and allow them to hear first-hand from the experts.
"There is a lot of growth potential in the Derry and Strabane Council area and we want to stimulate that growth.
"Although we're navigating a difficult time there is a time of opportunity now for companies to make their mark and to grow, and effectively we want to give them the confidence and the knowledge to do that.
"The bootcamp will consist of a series of workshops, Q&As and 1:1 chats and we'll be there to assist participants in anything that they need.
"Even if you simply have an idea - it doesn't have to be a business already – we'll welcome you to the event.
"At the early founder stage of business, it's crucial to network and use all the resources at hand, and we're very much looking forward to assisting individuals and teams with scalable and technology enabled ideas and businesses from across the Derry and Strabane area."
To apply to take part in the start-up bootcamp, please visit http://bit.ly/StartupNW 
The application process will close on Wednesday, 18th November 2020.