Tech firm's new £3.6m hub in Belfast to create 41 jobs
A London firm is to set up a technology and business development hub in Belfast, in a £3.6m investment to be announced today that will create 41 jobs.
Chargifi is a major provider of cloud-connected wireless charging technology. Its new hub will focus on the development of core technology, supporting product certification, quality assurance and collaboration with technology partners. It will also host a team focused on developing 'go to market' strategy.
Chargifi chief executive Dan Blade said the Belfast hub was an "important part of our growth story".
He added: "All of the leading smartphones now have wireless charging built in and demand is ramping for this type of convenient power when away from home.
"Businesses are deploying Chargifi cloud-connected SmartSpots in venues and workplaces to enhance the user experience, boosting satisfaction and loyalty, all with the peace of mind that the cloud managed service ensures it is always working.
"We anticipate that the market for wireless charging will grow significantly over the next couple of years.
"Chargifi has the vision and technology to help drive fast adoption in the market and we are gearing up to meet the ever-increasing demand."
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Chargifi's SaaS platform connects Chargifi SmartSpot wireless chargers to the cloud which means they can be monitored and managed, as well as connected into other systems as an Internet of Things (IoT) device.
Economic development agency Invest NI has offered the company £328,000 of support towards the new jobs.
Chief executive Alastair Hamilton said the new jobs will "contribute over £1.8m in annual salaries to the local economy and will introduce new skills and new opportunities to the ICT sector".
He added: "Chargifi's decision to set up its technology and business development hub in Northern Ireland was influenced by the availability of high quality talent, particularly software engineers, as well as the support offered by Invest NI.
"The company is a welcome addition to Northern Ireland's vibrant ICT sector, which has already attracted over 100 global technology companies."
Chargifi has deployed SmartSpots around the world and counts global brands such as Amazon, Pret A Manger, Grand Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, WeWork and MGM Resorts among its customers.
The hub is part of the company's expansion plan that aims to significantly increase its sales by developing its presence in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA, Canada and the APAC region.