BELFAST City Council, in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland, is leading a special trade mission next month to Silicon Valley.
The Belfast Tech Mission, which is being led by Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir, provides an opportunity for 20 local companies to showcase some of the new technologies and products being developed in Belfast to leading companies, investors and venture capitalists from the West Coast of America.
Said Belfast’s lord Mayor: “In addition to promoting Belfast as one of the leading digitally connected cities in Europe, and a prime location for international investment, the mission aims to increase the number of Belfast technology companies selling and doing business in the US; increase the knowledge of these companies in what it takes to establish and secure VC funding in the US; and improve the business networks and partnerships with companies in Belfast and the US.”
During the mission, which runs from October 13 – 18, the 20 companies, drawn specifically from the technology and digital media sectors, will network with other businesses in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, showcase their products and services, meet potential clients, develop partnerships and raise the economic profile of Belfast to the global marketplace.
The Council is supporting up to 50 per cent of the travel and accommodation costs for each participating company, which cover sectors from marketing to tourism, education to online publishing and stress management to sports performance.
In addition, representatives from both Queen’s University and the University of Ulster are taking part in the mission.
The companies participating in the 2013 Belfast Tech Mission are AirPOS Ltd., Automated Intelligence, Beacon, Cargo IO, Cirdan Imaging, DigShare 360, DisplayNote Technologies, Fathom, I Love QC, INLIFESIZE Ltd., JAR Technologies, Kainos, Loughshore Investments, My Tour Talk / OLI, PerForma Sports, Sian’s Plan, Speechstorm Ltd., Taggled Ltd., Take Ten and VenueBooker.
The Belfast Tech Mission is part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.