Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Fund offers science and technology firms access to investors

Companies looking to raise over £500,000 for new products or services over the next year to 18 months are being invited to a new forum.

 VC Forum, a NISP CONNECT programme based at the Northern Ireland Science Park, allows emerging science and technology companies to pitch to an audience of venture capital investors from the UK and Ireland.

Suitably qualified applicants are currently being sought to participate in the annual showcase of companies on September 26.

Once selected, companies are supported through the funding journey with educational workshops, mentorship coaching and pitch training sessions. Meghan Houlihan, programme manager, said that the process will offer participant an opportunity to build relationships with, and present to, a group of premier venture capital investors who are actively funding investments.

"The applicant must have a product or service with high growth commercial potential, be based or have a significant presence in Northern Ireland, and represent a non-publicly traded company, research organisation or academic institution with a science/technology focus," she said.

Applicants are vetted by an independent panel of experts before being matched with a mentor from a pool of experienced investors and entrepreneurs.