Supporting your team with advice, guidance and leadership. Maximizing your team’s investment and time with us.

At StartPlanet you’re part of a greater team.



A unique partnership that brings regional expertise and passion, with international ambition and a global perspective.

The StartPlanetNI Accelerator has been developed and delivered by Xcell Partners, Belfast.

In addition to being part of the Global Accelerator Network, we are one of very few UK based accelerators endorsed under the UK government’s Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) that sets out to help entrepreneurs who want to set up business in the UK.

Our team’s entire focus, is to ensure that a world class programme is delivered to your team and helps to address obstacles and challenges.

If you are thinking of moving to Belfast, we’ll help you settle in to the city, assisting you with travel and accommodation arrangements.

  • Diane Roberts

    CEO Xcell Partners & Colman Equity

    Programme Director, Investment, Development, Business Modelling

    Founder of Xcell Partners, specializing in startup accelerator programs and seed investment. International sales background combined with 6 years in Silicon Valley and New York.

  • Wayne Murphy

    Accelerator Manager

    Accelerating Startup Success.

    Founder at Start Planet, Wayne brings the passion and guidance to the accelerator. Previously Program Director for SELR8R a 50 Day Mentor driven Sales Accelerator Program where start-ups learn to rediscover the art of selling and look to drive sales and revenues in a positive direction.

  • Mark Roberts

    COO Xcell Partners & Colman Equity

    Business Planning and Pitch Ninja

    Tech founder, startup mentor, seed investor & MBA. Background in international tech services and bizdev. Time spent in Dublin, London and Silicon Valley.

  • Linda Robinson

    Assistant Programme Manager

    Administration & Support

    International business development and enterprise programme management experience across Ireland, UK and Australia.


Our team understands the task of building a company from a standing start to success.
Our focus is on building high potential global businesses that are funded, part of an ecosystem and are led by strong founders.

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100+ Startups

We’ve worked with 100+ startups

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£20m+ in Investment

Our team has fostered £20m in investment and support over the past 10 years

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Created 1000+ Jobs

We mean business. We're making a difference.


StartPlanet NI

0800 181 4422