New RYE Connect Initiative

Following the success of the ‘Rural Youth Entrepreneurship’ (RYE) programme the Rural Development Council (RDC) and Advantage are delighted to announce the new RYE Connect initiative.

New RYE Connect Initiative

The transnational programme is funded by the Northern Periphery and Artic programme through the European Regional Development Fund and supported by the DARD Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.  It will be delivered by project partners in Finland, Greenland and Northern Ireland and a wider Associate Network spanning the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) region.

RYE Connect will offer an expanded RYE model which will provide transnational business opportunities, services and solutions for young entrepreneurs through training and use of online tools, international networks, competitions and events. A new set of training and online resources are being developed that will support young entrepreneurs at a number of key stages:-

Pre Start

Takes any young person with little or no previous business knowledge through what it takes to start a business, and helps to build confidence and a winning idea.


Helps a young person learn how to get their business idea off the ground. Business resources, profiles and fact sheets will be available. Insights from experienced business people helps to avoid pitfalls.


Helps young entrepreneurs already running a business explore opportunities for growth. Helps taking the first steps towards trading outside home country.

Turn around

A support path for a struggling business. Promotes greater understanding of current situation and supports the young entrepreneur to plan a course of corrective action.

If you would like to find out more about RYE Connect please contact RDC on 028 8676 6980.