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Belfast Enterprise Academy

About the programme

Belfast Enterprise Academy (BEA) is an award-winning programme open to all Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) students working towards degree level or higher, and who are living in the Belfast city council boundary area.

BEA is a programme for students who are serious about running their own business. Over 70 student led start-ups have emerged from the BEA programme over the past number of years.

BEA offers:

  • A community of student led start-ups with similar ambitions of starting their own business
  • First-hand experience of how businesses operate and gain access to the people behind the day to day running of a business
  • Access to one-to-one tailored mentoring from business experts.  This may include:
    • Financial advice
    • Social media and marketing plans
    • Developing a strong brand
  • Opportunities to be part of a strong network and present your business to a team of experts and receive real time feedback on how to progress further
  • Access to workshops to gain further insight into running a business
  • The opportunity to gain an OCN Level 3 Award in Business Development which can be used to qualify for the Edge Award (Ulster University), Degree Plus (Queen’s University Belfast) and Certificate in Processing Creativity (Belfast Met).

BEA programme schedule 2019 


9 January Workshop three: Let’s keep it legal 
16 January Best practice visits
23 January Business planning group work 
30 January  Meet the Experts lunch
6 February  Workshop four: Let’s brand it 
12 – 13 February 1:1 mentoring appointments
27 February  Workshop five: Let’s go digital 
6 March  1:1 Mentoring and business planning
13 March  Business support clinic  - meet the support agencies
20 March Business planning and portfolio mentoring
27 March  1:1 mentoring and mock presentations
3 April  Presentation to panel of business plans 
5 April  Business plans and portfolios due to be completed
1 May  Celebration event

How to apply

Applications for this programme have now closed.

If you would like any more information on this programme, please email

Contact us
Economic Development
028 9027 0482
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
9-21 Adelaide Street