The Programme

 6th March 2018


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

Concourse Building 3, Queens Road, Belfast, BT3 9DT

The visit programme will commence with a Tech Belfast Advocates Seminar at leading Belfast software company Novosco, 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.

50 delegates are registered to attend. Timing is as follows;

  • 10.30 Registration. Tea/coffee/pastries, networking
  • 10.45 Open & Welcome, Karena Vaughan, Catalina Consulting
  • 10.50 Introduction to Novosco by Patrick McAliskey, CEO
  • 11.00 Smart City Belfast by Deborah Colville, Smart Cities Portfolio Manager, Belfast City Council
  • 11.10 Welcome from Patrick Magee, Chief Commercial Officer, The British Business Bank
  • 11.15 Networking
  • 11.45 Depart


12.00 The Immersive Lab, Room AD1K, Belfast City Council, 9 Adelaide, Belfast, BT28DJ

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.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday 21st February 2018, there was a fire at the Immersive Lab. The team is working hard to return to business as usual. However, a visit to the site will not be possible. The team will therefore present some insights into the Lab at Belfast City Council offices.

Depart 12.50

 13.00  Networking Lunch, hosted by KPMG, The Soloist Building, 1 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

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.

45 delegates are registered for lunch. Timings are as follows;

  • 13.00 Registration
  • 13.10 Open & welcome, Johnny Hanna, Partner, KPMG
  • 13.15 Donal Durkan, Director of Development, Belfast City Council
  • 13.20 VC delegates introduce themselves – brief introduction, name, company, investment interests
  • 13.30 Lunch & networking
  • 14.05 Depart

 14.15 Tour of CSIT, Northern Ireland Science Park, Queen’s Road, Queen’s Island, Belfast, BT3 9DT​


Following lunch, delegates will visit the Centre for Secure Information Technologies 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.


  • 14:15 – 14:25         Welcome & Introductions
  • 14:25 – 14:35         CSIT Intro – Godfrey Gaston
  • 14:35 – 14:45         Research Industry engagement – Judith Millar
  • 14:45 – 15:05         CSIT Innovation programmes; LCIC – Louise Cushnahan
  • 15:05 – 15:15         How to engage and next steps
  • 15.15 Depart

15.30 Tour of Ormeau Baths, 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS

The delegation will then move to the newly-launched Ormeau Baths 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

The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper St, Belfast, BT1 2DZ

18.30 Welcome Drinks followed by Dinner in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, City Hall, Hosted by the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS

24 guests in total


  • 1830-1910 Drinks in the Lady Mayoress’ Parlour
  • 1915 Seated for dinner in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour. Lord Mayor’s address
  • 1930 Starter and main course served
  • 20.20 Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council address
  • 20.35 Dessert served
  • 21.15 Close

 7th March 2018

 08.30 Breakfast Seminar, hosted by Invest Northern Ireland, Bedford Square, 1 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7ES

This breakfast seminar will focus on the funding & support for available for small businesses in NI

09.30 Close of Programme

 Visiting Delegates


Patrick Magee

Chief Commercial Officer

British Business Bank

Tom Yoritaka

VC/Startup NED


James Sore

Chief Investment Officer

Syndicate Room

Roger Bickerstaff

Partner, UK

Bird & Bird

James Foster

Transaction & Investment Lead

Accelerated Digital Ventures

David Fisher

Investment Director, Partner

Edge Creative Enterprise Fund

Tim Mills

Investment Director

Angel Co-Fund

Mark Horgan

General Partner & CFO

Atlantic Bridge

Volker Hirsch

Member of the Early Stage Fund Team

Amadeus Capital Partners

Richard Gourlay

Managing Partner

Sussex Place Ventures

Ken Pentimonti


Paladin Capital Group

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis

Chief Operating Officer

C5 Capital