Calling All Young Rural Entrepreneurs

27 July 2017

Do you live in a rural area, aged 16-30 and have a potential business idea? The RYE Connect Programme could help take your business idea further.

Calling All Young Rural Entrepreneurs

The Programme seeks to encourage young individuals from rural areas to consider self-employment as an option. Targeted workshops seek to provide a supported environment where the young entrepreneur can examine their business idea in more detail with the ultimate aim of creating a business plan.

A 3-day business workshop is planned during August. The workshop will take place on Tuesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th August in the South West College, Burn Road, Cookstown. Each day will run from 10am – 4pm. All young budding entrepreneurs are invited to bring their business idea along and explore it in more detail.

To date the programme has supported over 500 people. Two local young entrepreneurs Joel Cuddy and Evander Hopper (pictured), both from outside Cookstown, have already benefited from the Programme. Joel is seeking to reform how users connect to the internet, whilst Evander seeks to design and manufacture bespoke innovative one-off products for the agricultural, architectural and industrial business sector. Both benefited from the workshops and would encourage others to attend.

As Evander explained, ‘The workshops allowed me more time to research my target market, get advice and support in areas I was unsure of and to develop a full Business Plan’.

The RYE Connect Programme is a transnational entrepreneurship support programme for young people aged between 16 – 30 years. The programme is being delivered on a partnership basis across the Northern Periphery and Arctic region. It is funded by the Northern Periphery and Artic Programme through the European Regional Development Fund and is also supported by the DAERA Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

The focus of the Programme is on undertaking outreach activities to engage young people in rural areas to consider the potential of starting their own business or expanding an existing business through workshops, networking and interactive online tools.

To find out more about the Programme or to register for the upcoming workshops contact Joyce McMullan at RDC on 028 8676 6980 or email