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Enterprise Week 2023

Derry Strabane Enterprise Week is back for 2023!

Taking place at various locations across Derry & Strabane from 06th – 10th March 2023, the popular event, which has become a major highlight in the annual business calendar, offers a week-long programme of events supporting budding entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike.

Seeds of Change

Derry & Strabane has rich fabric that celebrates social, cultural and enterprise development.  The 2023 theme ‘Seeds of Change’ applauds the Micro-Businesses and SMEs in the North West that have grown with purpose, driven by superb management as well as business acumen in sustainability, digital technology, growth and innovation. 

Seeds of Change will explore the business lifecycle from ideation through to realisation, celebrating the experiences of business role models and offer peer networking opportunities, underpinned by the core themes of Innovation & Inclusion. 

Industry leaders will deliver keynote presentations, while panel discussions with high profile figures and local success stories will undoubtedly inspire all in attendance.  The 2023 programme is set to offer expert advice and host practical sessions from some of the country’s most admired industry leaders, all while celebrating the Northwest’s abundant business landscape.

With the full programme due to launch in mid-January, featuring an unrivalled opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to network with peers and enjoy invaluable industry insights, attendees can look forward to a number of headline events including:

Meet the Buyer, Monday 06th March

Meet the Buyer will provide the business community with the unique opportunity to increase sales, foster a deeper understanding of buying processes and create networking opportunities between SME’s and Public Sector/ Larger organisations.  Derry and Strabane Council are currently seeking Buyers for this event, to get involved please contact [email protected].  Further information for interested suppliers will be available in January 2023.

The Funding Game, Tuesday 07th March

This event will aim to instil confidence and self-assurance when navigating the financial landscape, hearing from local SMEs with first-hand experience of processes and opportunities which could provide your business with the same chance of success. Find the right source of support for your businesses with advise on funding models and opportunities including Commercial Debt and Equity Funding, Business Support Grants, Angel Investors as well as how to navigate financial support.

Start Up Launch Pad North West, Pitching Competition, Wednesday 08th March

Budding entrepreneurs from the North West will have the opportunity to take to the stage in front of industry experts and high-profile media from across Northern Ireland during this exciting pitching competition.  Up to 12 early-stage start-ups from across the council area will have the opportunity to compete for their share of the prize fund.  Further information on how to apply will be released in January 2023.

A celebration of Diversity & Inclusion!, Friday 10th March

A Celebration of Innovation, Diversity, and Inclusion! is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates and showcases inspirational business leaders that are planting the seeds of change in society through innovation and entrepreneurship. An event not to be missed for truly awe inspiring journeys that are changing the shape of, and forging the future for all.

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