Fifteen technology companies will pitch in front of potential investors in Silicon Valley next month.
The NI Tech Mission to San Francisco and San Diego is organised jointly by Invest NI, the Northern Ireland Science Park CONNECT and Belfast City Council. The group includes five companies from the recent NISP-CONNECT Invent competition for technology start-up enterprises - oil spill detergent company Green Sword, comic firm InLifeSize, grave mapping business Plot Box, cycling light makers See Sense and medical company Vaccine Tabs.
The mission will also include senior representatives from Queen's University's Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) institute at Titanic Quarter.
The week-long programme includes a series of events to enable participating companies to meet potential customers on a one-to-one basis and also to pitch for backing from leading venture capitalists in California as well as Northern Ireland companies already based there.
The visit is being assisted by the San Francisco Mayor's Office. The group will be attending the annual 'Most Innovative New Product Awards', a VIP event that regularly attracts over 700 tech leaders and offers signficiant networking opportunities.