Over £18m in investment has now been secured for businesses who have taken part in start-up programme Propel, it's been claimed.
And 20 of Northern Ireland's brightest start-ups have now made it through to the second phase of this year's programme.
Propel was set up by Invest NI to hone export-focused business ideas.
Participants include hip flask brand Swig, social gaming platform Unique 11 and Flyte, which creates software for drone pilots.
Niall Casey, Invest NI's director of skills and strategy, said: "It's aimed at high-calibre entrepreneurs who have the passion and energy to succeed on an international stage.
"These investment figures are testament to the success of these entrepreneurs."