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Back Her Business

Challenge the fear

Together we can help close the gender gap in business once and for all.

We’ve teamed up with Crowdfunder.co.uk to create a programme for you to get your ideas off the ground and help start your business.

Without funding, your idea is just that. In the UK, hardly any start-up funding goes to businesses led by women. Together we can change that.

Back Her Business lets you showcase your business ideas, and gives everyone the chance to back women-led businesses through crowdfunded donations.

But backing isn’t just about funding. It’s about believing in the person behind the idea. So through Back Her Business, we support women like you with coaching, mentoring and collaboration to help you succeed.

What’s more, through Back Her Business, each year we’ll be giving £1 million in grants to successful projects (each project may receive Ulster Bank top-up funding up to 50% of the overall fundraising target up to a maximum of £5,000).

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Ready to raise funds for your idea?

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Listen to me when I say, I am uber grateful to everyone who supported my Crowdfunder campaign this making it a success.


How crowdfunding works

Step 1

Add your business idea 

Create your unique page. Tell you story and explain your idea. Then set a target and how long you need to reach it.

Step 2

Start crowdfunding & apply for grants

Spread the word, tell everyone you know about your project and apply for up to 50% of your fundraising target in grant funding.

Step 3

Get funded

People who like your idea donate or pledge money in return for a reward they’ll receive once your project succeeds.

Other ways Ulster Bank can help

Boost with a Business Growth Enabler

Our Business Growth Enablers are at the heart of our Boost programme. They will provide you with support and so much more, opening doors for businesses new or old and working with you to hit your business goals, supporting you every step of the way.

Entrepreneur Accelerator

Our Accelerator, Pre-Accelerator and Fintech Accelerator programmes have been tailored to empower entrepreneurs at any stage. It’s an amazing journey that is fully funded, and you don’t even have to be an Ulster Bank customer.

Ulster Bank Business Hub

The Ulster Bank Business Hub is a one-stop shop for improving business performance through actionable insight and practical intelligence. Search by topic or sector below to find the content that’s most relevant for you.

Ready to raise funds for your idea?