A SPECIAL trade mission aimed at introducing technology and digital led industries to opportunities in California’s Silicon Valley.
The Belfast Tech Mission led by Belfast City Council in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland will set off next month accompanied by the 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.
“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,” said the Lord Mayor.
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 Belfast and the University of Ulster are travelling to the US to take part in the mission.
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.