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Ethnic Minority Innovators Grant Competition

Are you an entrepreneur from an ethnic minority background?

Do you have an innovative business idea?

Are you resident in Northern Ireland?

Then this competition could be perfect for you!

Techstart Grants is excited to have collaborated with the team behind the Minorities Recognition Awards NI (MRANI), to launch a Proof of Concept Grant Competition open to entrepreneurs from an ethnic minority background who are resident in Northern Ireland and have a novel business idea they want to develop.

Applicants will have the opportunity to apply and pitch for a grant of up to £10k, with multiple grants being available. The grant funding is provided by Techstart.


Closing Date - Tuesday 20th August 2024 @ 5pm

How Do I Enter?

The Ethnic Minority Innovators Grant Competition is NOW OPEN for applications!

To Apply to Ethnic Minority Innovators Grant Competition, all you need to do is complete our online Ethnic Minority Innovators Grant Competition Application Form (APPLY HERE) and submit by the Closing Date (5pm, Tuesday 20th August 2024).

Once the Closing Date has passed, and all Application Forms received, Techstart will complete an eligibility check and review on each application. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to present your novel business idea to an assessment panel, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 10th September 2024 at All State NI Belfast.

Competition Schedule:

  • Applications Now Open - Apply Now
  • Closing Date – Tuesday 20th August 2024 @ 5pm
  • All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Pitch Session with Techstart & MRANI – Tuesday 10th September 2024 (further details on this will be provided post-application submission)
  • Decisions on applications will then be made.

MORE INFORMATION & GRANT APPLICATION CRITERIA: The Ethnic Minority Innovators Grants will be awarded under Techstart's standard Proof of Concept Grant Terms and Conditions. For more information on Techstart's standard Proof of Concept Grant Fund, including how the grants will be awarded and what the grant monies may be spent on etc, please review Techstart's FAQs. Please also note that if you have previously been awarded a Techstart Proof of Concept Grant then unfortunately you are unable to apply for this grant with the same concept.

If you require further information to what has been provided, please don’t hesitate to contact Techstart via grants@techstart.vc or MRANI via info@minorityawardsni.org.uk.