BOOP has beaten off competition from 897 start ups to be selected as one of 20 participants of the 2021 Propel pre-accelerator programme.
Supported by Invest Northern Ireland, Propel is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs who use innovative and disruptive technologies to build their business and achieve international success.
Based out of the Ormeau Baths in Belfast, IgniteNI supports 20 companies each year through the Propel pre-accelerator programmes, which is aimed at building global technology companies through mentorship, investor access, advice and support. This year’s programme saw unprecedented levels of interest with 897 start-ups coming through the recruitment process.
As part of the six-month programme, Propel participants receive £15,000 in equity-free funding from InvestNI, weekly workshops and access to a global network of mentors and investors, 12 months of office space at the Ormeau Baths, and £250,000 in credits from partners to support their business. With record-breaking levels of interest and a high calibre of start-ups, the selection process was extremely competitive.
BOOP is an ed-tech platform that encourages collaboration and teamwork among the key people involved in the care and development of students. Founded by Debbie Craig, BOOP empowers children with special education needs to reach their full potential.
She explains: “Now more than ever, after nearly a year of lockdowns and missed schooling, the ability to collaborate and work together online to develop students and to ensure that opportunities are not missed is so important. We owe it to this generation of students to enable them to reach their full potential. This investment and support of the BOOP learning platform ensures that we can continue to deliver our objectives and improve outcomes for our most vulnerable learners.”
Chris McClelland, programme director of Ignite NI, said: “The record-breaking number of applications to the 2021 Propel pre-accelerator speaks volumes about Northern Ireland’s rapidly-growing entrepreneurial community. The quality and quantity of the applicants have been incredible, making it extremely challenging for us to select the top 20 early-stage businesses for this year’s cohort.” “For a region of this size, the high level of interest in Propel 2021 inspires great confidence for the future of entrepreneurship in Northern Ireland. We’re excited to see what’s in store for the start-ups over the next six months, and we hope to share lots of good news stories from the 2021 cohort as the programme progresses.”