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Basecamp Boston: Applications are live!

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30th Jan 2024

Basecamp Boston 2024 is the third iteration of the programme developed by Catalyst and supported by the Department for the Economy. The purpose of the initiative is to forge solid connections between Northern Ireland businesses and the US to accelerate growth.

The programme connects NI companies with established experts and experienced executives in the US market – providing the insights they need to scale their business.

Independent research commissioned by Catalyst identified a supportive network of mentors as critical to accelerating NI companies’ path to scale in the US.  By supporting scaling companies and connecting them with a range of business experts who can help with their specific needs, Basecamp Boston has the potential to generate real economic impact

What is Basecamp Boston?

Due to the success of the last two iterations, the Department for the Economy has continued to fund this initiative. In addition to making valuable connections with US based experts with domain expertise that can accelerate your US expansion plans, the programme also offers insights into key areas such as pricing and GTM strategies. We can help identify potential strategic partners and board members, deliver workshops for skills development, and provide your company with a robust strategy for expansion. By participating you will establish a strong foundation for successful market penetration and sustained growth.

Applications for Basecamp Boston 2024 close on  Monday 12th February.

Programme Highlights:

Forge connections with US-based experts to accelerate your US expansion plans.
Address expansion challenges specific to your company.
Gain insights into key areas such as pricing and Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies, US recruitment and legal considerations.
Identify potential strategic partners, board members, and US mentors.
Participate in workshops for skills development.
Develop ideal customer personas for the US market, opportunity for customer discovery, and gain VC insights.
Develop a robust strategy for expansion, establishing a strong foundation for successful market penetration and sustained growth.


Eligibility Criteria for 2024:

Northern Ireland registered company / Innovation Driven Enterprise (IDE) with high growth potential.
Fully funded programme; companies only contribute towards travel costs.
The programme is for C-suite participants, preferably CEOs.

IDEs are Invited to Apply if They:

Have a product ready to enter the US market (with the exception of Life Science companies who require clinical trials before going to market, in these cases proof of viability of the offering and indication of continued development over the last 3 years will suffice)
Are eager to develop a Go-to-Market strategy for the US.
Have a budget to implement US expansion over the next two years.

Important Information:

Cohort includes new companies and returning companies in 2024.

Applications Open: 29th Jan 2024
Application Deadline: 12th Feb 2024
Needs Analyses for Returning Companies: week commencing 26th Feb 2024
Needs Analyses for New Companies: week commencing 11th March 2024
Programme Launch & Cohort Kick Off: May 2024 (exact date TBC)
Basecamp Boston Programme Delivery: 24th to 28th June 2024