Breaking Down Barriers
How can we better support disabled entrepreneurs?
Disabled people are more likely to be entrepreneurs and run their businesses from home but need greater support from business.
We give disabled entrepreneurs the tools to succeed in business
Ability Connect is a social enterprise with a noble cause. We give disabled entrepreneurs the tools, resources and support they need to make their business ideas a success.
We do this by delivering the Entrepreneurs with Disability Enterprise Program (EDDP), which covers financial planning, business innovation, digital marketing, and resilience. This program has been developed in partnership with School of Business, University of Leicester.
We also connect disabled entrepreneurs with like-minded individuals and provide a safe space for them to receive support and guidance. Supporting Ability Connect not only benefits aspiring disabled entrepreneurs but it contributes to the growth of the economy as well.
EDDP, the Entrepreneurs with Disability Enterprise Program
The Disabled Entrepreneurs Enterprise Program (DEEP) is a comprehensive online training course that we developed in collaboration with Leicester University. Designed for disabled entrepreneurs, by a disabled entrepreneur.
We have access to an exclusive network of businesses that offer discounted services to aspiring disabled entrepreneurs.
Peer to Peer Support
Through DEEP, we create a community of shared experiences, insights and expertise. Participants are encouraged to lean on their peers for support and advice, creating powerful business relationships and friendships.
We are Here to Help!
“I want to create the support network that I wish I’d had at the start of my business journey.”
Ability Connect was founded by award-winning businessman Mark Esho MBE. Becoming an award-winning entrepreneur in an abled-bodied world takes hard work and resilience and a little support would have gone a long way! Having stepped down from the day-to-day running of his businesses, Mark is passionate about using his experience to help disabled entrepreneurs by creating the kinds of opportunities that would have made all the difference to him as a young, disabled entrepreneur.
- MBE for Services to Business
- Doctor of Business Administration (Hons)
- Disability Power 100
- FSB Disabled Business Champion
- IoD Director of the Year 2020
- East Midlands Leadership Awards
- Nactual Business Awards
- National Adversity Awards