Top cities for women entrepreneurs to thrive: Belfast

Top cities for women entrepreneurs to thrive: Belfast

Posted: Sun 29th Jan 2023

New research has identified Belfast as the 34th top city in the world for women entrepreneurs to do more, scale their businesses faster and thrive.

First launched in 2016, the Dell Technologies WE Cities Index measures and ranks cities around the world based on their ability to attract and support high-potential women entrepreneurs.

The index:

  • showcases how technology connects all other aspects of the business environment (markets, capital, talent and culture)

  • provides recommendations for business owners and officials alike to improve systems from the inside out, and

  • profiles global centres of commerce by their overall suitability for women who scale

If you're a female entrepreneur based in Belfast and looking to expand your community and grow your business, scroll down to find networks to join, spaces to work from, and inspiring events to attend.

Business networks for female entrepreneurs in Belfast

  • Women In Business – Northern Ireland's largest and fastest-growing business network for women

  • Ulster Bank Accelerator – Supports UK entrepreneurs in taking their business to the next level

  • Evolve – Supporting female founders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and leaders from all walks of life

  • NI Business Info – Access free business support from your local council, including tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions

  • So She Did – A free programme that helps female students identify business opportunities, validate their ideas and start a side hustle or new venture

  • InnovateHer – A unique extracurricular enterprise support programme that encourages entrepreneurial thinking in female students

  • Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network – Join a global network and connect with inspirational female founders to help achieve your business goals

  • Enterprise Nation membership – If you're not already a member, sign up today to access exclusive content, a trusted community, and tailored resources for Belfast-based business owners and beyond

Workspaces in Belfast

  • LoftSpace – An open-plan, member-focused co-working office that offers a stress-free work environment

  • Glandore – A family business of flexible offices, founded by Michael Kelly and his three daughters

  • Clockwise – Ideal for women-led business owners who need a professional workspace

  • Urban HQ – Right in the heart of Belfast's business district

  • Ormeau Baths – Facilitates deep creative work and collaboration between local entrepreneurs

Events to attend and be inspired

  • NI Business Info – Holds a range of events from networking to practical presentations

  • Women In Business Awards – Celebrating the dedication and achievements of the most successful entrepreneurial land inspiring businesswomen throughout Northern Ireland

  • Ladies Who Launch – Webinars covering finance tips and how to scale your small business

Visit DWEN WEcities to find out how your city is working for you

Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses. Led by founder, Emma Jones CBE, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.

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