Discover the achievements of the 2014-2020 NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read  about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.

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Starting new businesses

Young entrepreneurs support their rural communities

The project assisted 14 young entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland to start or grow their businesses. By engaging young people in rural enterprise, the project helped to make rural life more attractive, provided employment and income and thereby addressed also rural poverty and isolation. Through the RYE Connect Network, young people across the NPA region can connect with the latest thinking and training in entrepreneurship, other young entrepreneurs, online mentors and potential investors. The Business Portal offers online tools for business development, face-to-face mentoring and workshops designed to instigate, develop and reboot business ideas.


Joel Cuddy

Swift Wireless

I first heard about the RYE Connect project while studying at the South West College at the Dungannon Campus. I'm from a rural area outside Cookstown and have always had a keen interest in entrepreneurship. I signed up and went on to attend three RYE Start workshops at the college, this allowed me more time to research my target market, get advice and support and develop a full Business Plan for my idea.