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At Catalyst we are committed to working with you and supporting you during these difficult times.

We are here for you,
We are with you and,
We will do our best by committing all of our resources and human capital to continue to support innovation in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Leadership and teams are solely focused on getting you to the other side of this pandemic, where innovation will be needed more than ever.


Together, we will get through this.


After hearing your feedback and requests, we have been working relentlessly on creating new platforms and content to help you navigate these uncertain times. We’re delighted to roll out a new digital suite of Catalyst community platforms, knowledge-sharing events and tools to help guide and support you.



Read our business impact report here

Read our guide on financial programmes and incentives here

Funding overviews include:
CBILS – Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Business Support Grant
CJRS – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
R&D Tax Credits
General Funding options

Listen and watch our recorded Frameworks webinars HERE



Frameworks Webinar Series

These webinars will ‘live’ forever as we build an online library of insightful talks and key seminars to empower entrepreneurs. This is your opportunity to hear from expert speakers as they speak about seeking financial support during the Coronavirus pandemic and other business continuity topics.

Join this week’s webinar ‘Navigating the Coronavirus Financial Support Interventions’ with KPMG

Visit our page to learn more about Frameworks

Springboard 2 Survive
Book an online session with our panel of experienced entrepreneurs and professional services Partners. The objective: to support you and your company through this difficult period, through signposting, introductions, exploring the best paths for short term funding and cost reduction, by leaning on the panel’s vast experience in businesses finances lean business practices.

Springboard Online
Continue your Springboard journey online. Use this time to challenge and position your strategy to maximise your opportunities on the other side of Covid-19. Springboard is an intensive, in-business process that challenges, supports and expedites robust business models, including sales and marketing strategies, by leveraging the collective knowledge of a unique network of experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders in an open, nurturing environment.

CEOs Connect Online
An exclusive network supporting CEOs of high growth potential innovation companies.
Now utilising a variety of online platforms to stay connected and informed, the current focus is on supporting members to successfully navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and to emerge ready to accelerate growth and scaling activities.

Funding Online
In the current turbulence, medium-term funding plans may well be thrown awry. Talk to our funding experts on the options to keep your aspirations alive. We provide intelligent and highly focused sources of funding.

Way to Scale
Way to Scale, Cohort 2021, will open for applications in October 2020. Way to Scale is an intensive programme which runs annually from January to March, made up of three core elements:
January – a week-long intensive residential Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) at the world-leading technology and business university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with around 100 other international CEOs and Entrepreneurs.
February – five tailored strategy workshops at Catalyst for CEOs and senior team members to work on your own business plans and implement EDP learnings.
March – a week-long, bespoke residential in Boston, focusing on go-to-market, sales strategies and tactics, together with focused customer prospect visits that will deliver a defendable, scalable business plan for each company.
CEOs on last year’s programme have already demonstrated extraordinary growth and are on course to quadruple revenues within 12 months of programme completion and add over 50% to direct employees.

Applications and interviews are now closed for Co-Founders 2020 with over 100 candidates starting the online programme w/c 30th March.

Candidates will use tools like Slack and Zoom to connect and will learn how to validate their ideas through a series of design-thinking workshops delivered via Teachable. The candidates will then meet in person later in the year to finalise team formation and build prototypes.

To learn more about Co-Founders, check out this article written by Programme Manager, Sonya Kerr.

Invent 2020
Just like the journey of an entrepreneur, the road is rarely straight. After a few twists and turns adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very pleased that our annual Invent competition is back on track and still going ahead this year! Applications were due to close this Friday (27th March) but we have extended this to Friday 24th April giving extra time to prepare your innovation pitches.

If you have an idea or fantastic business opportunity with great commercial potential, now is the time to apply for Invent.

Generation Innovation

Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we have had to put a pause on our planned GI activities over the next few months, but don’t worry we will be back before you know it with lots of exciting opportunities. Check back on the website and follow us on social media to keep up to date.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be moving our campus community to our dedicated Slack channels, where you’ll be able to connect and engage with other entrepreneurs, businesses and innovators. Zoom hangouts, office hours and even virtual yoga classes will be available for you to share ideas, collaborate and socialise. We may be all working remotely but we still want to keep connected.

If you are a member of our community, you’ll be receiving emails and newsletters from our team with information on how to join online.