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Queen's University firm set to create 10 jobs with £85k funding

By Margaret Canning

A software spin-out company from Queen's University is creating 10 new skilled jobs in Belfast with £85,000 in funding from Invest NI.

EventMAP, which expects sales to reach £1m by 2017, has developed software to make timetable and resource management easier for universities, thereby saving them money.

The business was developed by Barry McCollum and Paul McMullan from Queen's department of computer science, working with a mathematical research group from Nottingham University.

It has recently secured a six-figure contract in Oman, supplying software to Sultan Qaboos University.

Chief executive Barry McCollum said: "This is an exciting time for the company.

"Opportunities are opening up for us not only in the education sector but also within many areas of the public sector and in large-scale manufacturing - in fact, we see possibilities for our technology anywhere where very complex organisations can be made more efficient.

"Our recent success in Oman reflects this potential and is an important stepping stone for us in leveraging additional business in the Middle East."

He said the company would be targeting international sales in France, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates in the coming years.

Mr McCollum added: "Our mission is to further advance our position at the cutting edge."

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