A delegation of technology CEOs and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley will be in Belfast next month to meet Ireland's hottest up-and-coming technology companies.
Twelve firms beat off competition to attend the 'Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland' workshops on October 20 and 21, which will be held at Belfast City Hall, Queen's University and the University of Ulster.
The Californian delegation will also meet with Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister at a reception at Stormont.
Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) shortlisted companies that have developed products or services with a compelling value proposition and global market potential.
Last year's event at Trinity College, Dublin, culminated in the selection of seven finalists attending the ITLG Innovation Awards at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. The overall award winner, Limerick-based Powervation, went on to raise an additional $10m in venture capital.
"The ITLG team and the delegation of CEOs and VCs are very much looking forward to meeting Ireland's best and brightest innovators in Belfast next month," said John Gilmore, CEO of Sling Media and executive director of the ITLG.
"This is a great opportunity for small and startup companies in Ireland to get exposure on the international stage, and we are delighted to be able to facilitate that," he added.
Three Belfast-based technology companies have been shortlisted, alongside nine from the Republic.
B-Secur is pioneering a wrist-worn tracking device that uses an individual's unique biometric signals and GPS technology to make it possible to identify not only where a person is but also who the person is.
Vertical Wind Energy has developed a vertical axis wind turbine rated at 3kW which is currently being sold into the UK and Irish markets -- both to commercial customers and consumers.
SiSaf is a drug delivery company committed to growth through application of its innovative proprietary technology, Si-SafeT, to a wide range of dermatological products.
ITLG is an independent industry think-tank comprised of a number of high-level technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish-American.
Members of the ITLG include John Hartnett, CEO of G24i; John Gilmore, CEO of Sling Media; Conrad Burke, president and CEO of Innovalight; Rory McInerney, vice president, Intel Corp and Barry O'Sullivan, senior vice president at Cisco.