Belfast Telegraph

Maiden City aims to create 100 digital sector firms by 2015

By David Elliot

Londonderry is on course to create 100 new high-tech digital businesses by 2015.

The Digital Derry project, which launched in September last year in an effort to support the creative digital content sector, said it's already seen 20 new digital businesses set up in the city over the last 12 months in areas such as music technology, web applications and what's been dubbed "culture tech".

It now reckons a target of 100 new digital businesses by 2015 is achievable.

Speaking after a meeting with local stakeholders at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce this week, Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: "I'm extremely pleased that Derry is embracing the innovation and entrepreneurial potential of arts and culture.

"The digital economy, and in particular the area of cultural technology, has enormous potential for both Derry and the wider economy in the North of Ireland."

To further celebrate the potential of the sector, Digital Derry will play host to a high-profile delegation of investors, entrepreneurs and support agencies at a public showcase event on October 20.

Digital Derry was started by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce with the support of Derry City Council and ILEX. It now comprises a large 'digital action team' made up of representatives from the private sector, the University of Ulster and NWRC and both local and regional support organisations.