VC Visit to Belfast

On the 6th March and the morning of 7th March 2018, Belfast Partners, in association with Tech Belfast Advocates, and with the support of the British Business Bank,  will welcome a delegation of around 10 VCs & Private Equity Firms to Belfast to participate in an organised visit programme, designed to showcase Belfast’s technology sectors.

This programme will provide delegates with a unique insight into Belfast’s compelling technology investment and export proposition and will provide opportunities for Belfast companies to engage with investors & buyers from London, the US, Dublin and Luxembourg.

 

6th March 2018

08.30-10.30

Delegates arrive at Belfast City/Belfast International Airport and travel to Novosco, Concourse Building 3, Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT. Novosco is a 5- minute taxi-ride from Belfast City George Best Airport, in the heart of the high-tech Titanic Quarter.

10.30

Tech Belfast Advocates Seminar, hosted by Novosco

The programme will commence with a Tech Belfast Advocates seminar at leading Belfast software company Novosco, https://www.novosco.com where delegates will have an introduction to the Belfast Technology sector and will meet with leaders & influencers from a wide range of technology subsectors including Fintech, Cyber, Blockchain, Regtech, Digital & Creative and MediTech.

11.45

Visit to The Immersive Lab

In November of this year, Digital Catapult launched its new Immersive Lab in the iconic Telegraph Building on Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre. The new digital space is designed to give organisations of all sizes the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest immersive technology including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality enabling them to demonstrate, innovate and test their own business ideas and research.

Supported by the Department for the Economy, Digital Catapult UK and Belfast City Council, the new lab forms part of a number of Immersive Labs across the UK with other locations including London, Brighton and Gateshead. Delegates will experience the latest technologies from Belfast’s Smart Cities programme, and local universities will showcase technology capabilities.

13.00

Lunch, hosted by KPMG

A networking lunch will follow at KPMG, where delegates will meet with leaders from some of Belfast’s most successful, established tech companies from the Fintech, Regtech, Cybersecurity, Creative & Digital and Biotech sectors, as well as with leaders from Belfast’ existing investment firms.

14.15

Visit to CSIT

Following this, delegates will visit the Centre for Secure Information Technologies http://www.csit.qub.ac.uk. Based in the Titanic Quarter, this flagship Centre has helped in the attraction of over 100 high-tech Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and start-up companies, employing more than 2,000 people. It is a unique environment that encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of cyber and physical security research through to commercial application.

 

Multinational partners include Altera, BAE Systems, Cisco, Infosys, IBM, Intel/McAfee, Roke and Thales, whilst recent spin outs such as Titan IC Systems and MicroSense seek to emulate the success of earlier spin-out companies including Amphion Semiconductor Ltd. and Audio Processing Technology Ltd. At CSIT, delegates will meet with early-stage Fintech & Cybersecurity companies, as well as key members of the CSIT team.

15.30

Visit to Ormeau Baths

The delegation will then move to the newly-launched Ormeau Baths https://www.ormeaubaths.com/en. Ormeau Baths is a co-working space and tech community based out of an historic former bath house in the heart of Belfast. The entrepreneurial campus helps the brightest and best indigenous tech start-ups gain access to new networks, funding and expertise and to give them the tools to flourish in global markets. Ormeau Baths is founded by entrepreneurs Jon Bradford, Mark Dowds, Aaron Taylor and Steve Pette with support from tech leaders from Northern Ireland’s digital diaspora, including FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles and Sarah Friar of Square

16.30

Depart for hotels

Delegates will then have time to freshen up at their hotel. A minibus will transport them & their suitcases to their hotel.

18.30

Welcome Drinks, followed by Dinner in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour

Hosted by the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister

 

7th March 2018

 0800

Breakfast at the Innovation Factory

The pioneering Innovation Factory (IF) was officially opened in Belfast in 2016 to provide a creative working space for start-up and expanding businesses in the city – specialising in innovation, technology and product development. The £9.1 million project, on part of the former Mackies plant, was part funded by Belfast City Council through its investment programme, Invest Northern Ireland (£2.1 million) and the European Regional Development Fund, under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland (£4.15 million). It is managed by Oxford Innovation Ltd.

The Innovation Factory provides grade A standard accommodation which includes 382 workstations across 111 business units to house over 100 businesses and entrepreneurs. Features also include meeting and conference rooms, hot desking, superfast broadband connection, 24/7 access for tenants, on-site catering and car parking. For companies interested in setting up in Belfast, the Innovation factory offers a soft-landing space of up to 13 work-units for up to 6 months, rent-free. (Occupiers pay only city rates)

 09.30

Delegates depart for the airport

For more information, or to join the programme, please contact karena.vaughan@catalina-consulting.com