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Web Summit led to 20 Belfast jobs: US software boss

By Margaret Canning

Contacts made at Dublin's Web Summit last year have led to a US software company creating 20 new jobs with £40,000 salaries in Belfast.

Barry Morris, the chief executive of NuoDB in Massachusetts, said he received an invitation to visit Belfast from Invest NI during last year's summit.

That led to his decision to set up shop here - and this week, Mr Morris addresses the EnterConf, a spin-off event from the Web Summit being held in Belfast's T13 on Thursday and Friday.

NuoDB will employ 20 experienced software engineers developing database solutions to support "cloud-scale" applications and connected devices.

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: "Cloud-based database solutions are new innovative tools, designed to support the scalable on-demand software we all use in our daily lives. We're pleased to have had the opportunity to work closely with this highly innovative company and convince them of the benefits of Northern Ireland as the location for their new software centre.

"The 20 strong software engineering team will be recruited over a three year period, with an average salary of £40,500 reflective of the highly skilled work they will be involved in."

Invest NI has offered support of £100,000 to help create the new jobs.

Barry Morris said: "We see demand for our database management system growing rapidly and hence the need to expand our engineering team to support our customers. During the Web Summit in November 2014, I accepted an invitation from Invest NI to visit Northern Ireland and explore the possibility of opening an office here.

"In addition, I am familiar with the strong talent pool in Northern Ireland, the focus on skills development and the pro-business climate. We are looking forward to working with Invest NI and building our presence in the region."

Mr Morris will make a speech on "The 'Now' Economy Driving Business Innovation" and moderate a panel discussion at EnterConf this week. EnterConf, and sister event MoneyConf, which closes today, are supported by the Belfast Telegraph.

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