Entrepreneurship is a key policy focus and longstanding challenge for Northern Ireland.

Entrepreneurship context paper

The department published an Entrepreneurship Context Paper on 12 November 2018 which sets out the strategic context here in Northern Ireland. 

The context paper sets out an ambition for Northern Ireland to be a dynamic and enterprising region, supporting innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship at its core, with a culture of new business development, higher start-up activity and more businesses realising high growth potential. 

Following the launch of the department’s 10x Economy – An Economic Vision for a Decade of Innovation, work is underway with a range of stakeholders to develop future entrepreneurship policy ensuring it aligns with the 10x vision.

My New Business website

The official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland is nibusinessinfo.co.uk which has launched a website to provide help for start-ups called “My New Business”:

Entrepreneurship research and reports

The department draws upon a range of evidence when formulating policy in this area, including the series of GEM reports. The latest report is available:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK: NI Report 2021- The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is an international project which seeks to provide information on the entrepreneurial landscape of 50 countries in 2021. This is important as many studies have shown that entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. The results of the GEM data analysis are used as key entrepreneurial benchmarking indicators by regional and national authorities around the world.

Related to Entrepreneurship

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Economy including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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