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Digital Surge Programme


The Digital Surge Programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme.

The programme is a regional programme in collaboration with the 11 Councils which will support businesses throughout NI to enhance their productivity and digital capabilities.

Enabling business transformation and to incorporate digital technology into business operations, 18 businesses in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be selected for intensive support, identified as those with the highest potential for digital transformation. 

How the Digital Surge Programme can help you:

  • To drive ‘digital inclination’ amongst the target market aligned to an innovation roadmap (for each core SME/micro-business)
  • To ‘demystify’ various advanced digital technologies and tools through high quality ideation support, exposure to and sharing of good practice, and active experimentation.
  • To put in place a digital acceleration plan and to route participating businesses onto more intensive supports in the ‘digital innovation ecosystem.’ 

Programme participants will receive:

  • Attendance at any of the 26 half day workshops on the fundamentals of Digital Surge
  • Attendance at any of the 30 masterclasses
  • Specialist Mentoring Support of up to 6 days per core participant
  • Access to 25 cluster networking events
  • Innovation Road Map and Digital Acceleration Plan for core participants

This programme is now open for applications, for further information please log on to: http://nmdbusiness.org/digital-surge-programme

To be eligible your business must:

  • Be based in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area
  • Employ fewer than 50 people
  • From any sector, however preference will be given to target tourism, hospitality and retail businesses severally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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