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Chance to showcase your firm to venture capitalist

By Symon Ross

Published 07/08/2009

Entrepreneurs looking to raise more than £500,000 for their companies are being urged to apply for funding from venture capital investors in an initiative run by the Northern Ireland Science Park.

The NISP CONNECT VC Forum will showcase six promising companies in the region to a panel of 15 venture capital providers from the UK and Ireland looking to fund investments.

Proposals — which must be based in the areas of Hitech, Biotech, CleanTech, or digital media and software — have to be submitted by firms before August 25 for the event on September 24.

NISP CONNECT director Steve Orr said: “This forum offers the perfect platform for businesses looking for finance and support for their investment plan.

“Our aim is to bring together Northern Ireland talent with investors and allow them to present their business ideas and discuss venture opportunities.

“I would encourage anyone eligible to apply and to seize the tremendous opportunity that’s on offer here.”

To be eligible applicants must represent a non-publicly traded company, research organisation or academic institution with a high-tech focus and be based in Northern Ireland.

Following the VC Forum, the venture capitalists will attend the NISP CONNECT £25k Awards ceremony.

Sponsored by the Bank of Ireland, Invest NI, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster Business School, the £25K Awards have been designed to flush out Northern Ireland’s hottest intellectual property concepts.

Belfast Telegraph

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