Belfast Telegraph

Derry vet's software solution a web feat

By Heather McGarrigle

An entrepreneur from Co Derry is hoping to fast track his software for vets to commercial success.

Farm vet George Brownlee said his experience as a vet led him to believe farm productivity and vets' effectiveness could be improved by sharing detailed information about the health and productivity of the animals.

He has developed a web-based software product VetIMPRESS, which allows farmers and vets to collect and view information about the animals in their care.

Mr Brownlee is taking part in Invest NI's Propel programme, which aims to establish successful fast-growth, knowledge-intensive businesses that could generate significant export sales and boost the local economy.

The programme is designed to provide entrepreneurs with salary support and the skills, expertise, and networks to fast track the development of their cutting-edge business ideas into profitable global enterprises.

Mr Brownlee will market the product through his company, Farmvet Systems. He said: "We've already had a lot of interest in the product and we hope to officially launch it in the UK in October.

"After that we want to develop VetIMPRESS for the worldwide marketplace."

He is one of 21 entrepreneurs taking part in the Propel programme, which offers master classes, specialist advice from local and international experts, access to potential investors, strategic business planning support, a hot desk at an incubation centre and a research visit to an overseas market. One-to-one mentoring is also provided.