Comedians, musicians and lawyers have converged in Belfast to learn how digital technology can help turn Northern Ireland entrepreneurs into global success stories.
Music mogul Jon Vanhala, angel investor Wilson Kriegel and UK comedian David Schneider joined local start-up founders Mary McKimm of Yours Florally, Vincent Rainey from QuizFortune and Carley Morrow of Comprized to discuss the importance of personal dedication, building the right team for a product or idea and the importance – or not – of securing finance.
Around 200 guests gathered at E3 Springvale for TechXplore 2014 for a series of panel discussions featuring Kathryn Walls from sponsors, law firm Mills Selig, tech founder Aaron Taylor of GoPrezzo and Twitter impressario David Levin.
Attendees heard advice on how to build a successful digital business and how to communicate effectively on social media.
Carl Whyte, partner at communications company MW Advocate and the creator of TechXplore, said that those attending the event heard from local entrepreneurs, national experts and international investors and advisors.
"I'm particularly happy that our first panel was made up exclusively of local start-ups in what is a sure sign of a vibrant and growing sector," he said.
BBC presenter Declan Lawn hosted the event.