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NISP connects Tech Exiles with Belfast’s ‘Silicon revolution’
Northern Ireland seeks the return of the Tech Exiles


For Northern Ireland’s thriving community of science and technology start-up ventures to progress, a network of well-connected and experienced professionals must come in to broaden access to talent, capital and markets. As part of this drive, NISP CONNECT aims to bring Northern Ireland’s top ‘Tech Exiles’ together for a major annual networking event.

Director of NISP CONNECT, Steve Orr – who returned from San Diego last year after co-founding Inc 500 listed company Kineticom – said that this December’s inaugural ‘Tech Exiles’ event was designed to involve knowledge networks, inspire the venture capital community and develop interactivity across key sectors.

Mr Orr said it makes sense to look beyond Northern Ireland’s borders and into international markets where local innovators are well-represented.

He added: “Over the years, Northern Ireland’s education system has continuously produced highly-skilled and innovative individuals. So often talented graduates saw little opportunity at home and left these shores to go overseas.

“Many will have retained a deep affection for Northern Ireland and are now ready to contribute to venture start-ups. So it makes sense to create a forum where well-connected people working overseas can support and contribute to the local tech sector, and play their part in a growing ‘Silicon revolution’ in Northern Ireland.”

Tech Exiles will be held on December 29 in the newly refurbished Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House at Northern Ireland Science Park. It is anticipated that leading entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, scientists, corporate finance professionals, lawyers and investors will be among those attending.

In addition to bringing together well-connected, experienced individuals, the event will feature quick pitches from eight local promising ventures across four categories: Hitech, Biotech, CleanTech, and Digital Media.

A team from category sponsor University of Ulster will be on hand to showcase their portfolio of science and technology spin-out companies and offer their support as category sponsor for the event.

Tim Brundle, Director of Innovation at the University of Ulster, and member of the Advanced Engineering MATRIX Horizon Panel, said: “The recent Matrix panel report called for new industry-led ‘innovation communities’ and a shift in cultural thinking so as to promote the local knowledge-base. This is precisely what Tech Exiles is gearing up to do – it’s a great example of how the private sector is rallying together to support a very clear need. That’s why University of Ulster is very pleased to be associated with this event.”

Martin McLean, Senior Business Banking Manager, of fellow category sponsor Bank of Ireland, said: “This is a really exciting time in Northern Ireland. We are seeing world-class business propositions emerge from our research base. There is a buzz generating about what’s going on in the local tech sector and we hope to see Northern Ireland capitalise by broadening knowledge networks and instigating further venture start-ups.”

Other general sponsors for the event include: A&L Goodbody; Arthur Cox; Forde Law; FR Kelly; MSL; Murgitroyd and NiftyNosh.com. Anyone wishing to register interest should visit www.nisp.co.uk/TECH-EXILES.ASPX or contact roisin.clancy@nisp.co.uk

The event follows hard on the heels of NISP CONNECT’s recent £25k Awards which brought hot intellectual property with high commercial potential together with legal, commerce and technology experts, as well as big money investors.

ENDS

For more information please contact Geoff McGimpsey or Sarah Bloomer on 028 9039 3837.


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Northern Ireland Science Park
02890 393837
s.bloomer@morrowcommunications.com

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