10 Technology Startups. Top Drawer International Mentors. £100,000 Package. Globally Connected. #StartFastBelfast

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With an extra FREE 6 Months Co-working Space.

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Including £50k support for product development and marketing activity.

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A standardized successful model developed by co-founders of Techstars.


Global Programme with Global Teams and Mentors.

We’ve gathered a mentor team that is hard to match. Exited entrepreneurs. CEOs. Investors. Industry leaders. Professors. Authors. Dreamers.  You get access to a network of contacts and one-on-one support and advice. Learn from other entrepreneurs. Hear their stories. See new ways of doing things. Experience first hand their journey.

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Each team will be assigned a specific mentor to assist them on their journey through the programme, bringing decades of experience, skills and domain knowledge.

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  • Sean O Sullivan

    Managing Director SOSV

    Investigates unfilled market needs. Focuses on accelerators, engineering innovation and hardware/physical products. Former Dragon on “Dragons Den”.

  • Bill Liao

    Lead Mentor StartPlanet NI

    Serial entrepreneur. European Investment Partner specializing in startup accelerator programs. Co-Founder of CoderDojo and IndieBio

  • Norbert Sagnard

    Consultant, Mentor, Seed Investor in Technology

    Senior marketing professional providing strong leadership and strategy skills for 25 years globally in pioneering Tech sectors. 

  • Damien Callaghan


    Damien currently holds the position of Senior Director Solution Development, Internet of Things Group within the Intel Corporation. An award winning business development leader. Damien is a 30 year veteran in the telecommunications and high-tech industries, having worked in 3 countries, at worldwide staff levels, in roles requiring excellence in business development, strategy creation and implementation. He is currently leading the creation of Internet of Things (IOT) Solutions in EMEA on behalf of Intel Corp. IOT is the next great wave of technology paradigm shift following on from its predecessors personal computing, mobile telecommunications and the Internet.

    Previously Damien was in Intel’s Services Division where he led worldwide Business Development function and team in defining, sourcing, developing, contracting and managing the eco-system of business relationships to meet strategic needs and objectives. Prior to this role he was an Equity Deal Maker in Intel’s Venture Capital arm Intel Capital in 2000. Prior to Intel Capital Damien managed Intel’s Intel Inside® program and market development field organisation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Intel, Damien worked in telecommunications most notably with Cellnet in marketing and sales roles.

  • Sheetal Walsh

    UKTI Dealmaker

    Deal Maker for UKTI’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.Investor -MetaCert.Board Advisor-UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. Advisor -London School of Economics

  • Jon Bradford

    Co Founder of F6S and

    Former MD of Techstars in London, Jon knows tech start-ups inside out. Passionate about helping start-ups and founders achieve their true potential.  


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£50k - £400k

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The Accelerator was a great environment, it was the culture of learning and we got the structure. Being on the same boat as everyone else, we got invaluable lessons from each other.

By MARK ELLIOT, Profit Bees

Clinishare gained a huge amount from being part of Start Planet. During the process, we turned our job positions from part time to full time, expanded the knowledge and the size of the team, and got ourselves investment ready in a way we could only have dreamed of the year previous. We also raised the capital we needed to take our vision from concept to reality.


We’ve been very lucky to be part of the Accelerator programme StartPlanetNI in Belfast. It gave us investment opportunity, a number of mentoring sessions with prominent business figures and possibility to grow as a team and a business.



A First Class City on the edge of Europe

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Location, Location, Location!

One of the UK’s fastest growing clusters for technology, in addition to being the friendliest parts of the UK to live in.


The city is just a one hour flight from London, 6 hours from New York and just 2 hours from Dublin by train.

Lower Cost of Living

The cost of living is 41% lower than London and 28% lower than Dublin, with social life booming and the arts in full flight.

Educated Workforce

Over 60,000 students enrolled at Queen’s University Belfast & University of Ulster.

Competitive Salary Costs

Despite its' skilled workforce, salary levels are below national average, employee loyalty is high, perfect for any new business starting out.

Regional Support System

Strong network support system with access to support and funding from Invest Northern Ireland.


StartPlanet NI
112 Donegall Street

+44 (0)28 953 20101