Johnny Gilmore

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) is to bring a number of Technology CEOs to Belfast on October 20-21 for an intensive review of 12 Irish companies from all over the island of Ireland. 

“The ITLG team and the delegation of CEOs and VCs are looking forward to meeting Ireland’s best and brightest innovators in Belfast next month,” said CEO of Sling Media and Executive Director of the ITLG, John Gilmore.

“This is a great opportunity for startup companies in Ireland to get exposure on the international stage, and we are delighted to be able to facilitate that,” he added.

The workshop will take place at Belfast City Hall, Queens University and the University of Ulster. The CEOs and VCs will help 12 technology startups companies fulfill their potential by reviewing their business plans and sharing their experience.

On October 21, the ITLG will attend an Invest Northern Ireland reception at Parliament Buildings at Stormont and will meet with Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson MP MLA, and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA.

The 12 startup companies were chosen from 80 who submitted applications, and the finalists were chosen because their products had the most global potential.

Last year’s “Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland” took place in Dublin with seven finalists, and Limerick startup Powervation won the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award. The company has since gone on to raise $10 million in venture capital.