Fri 20th Jun 2014
Technology can turn local start-ups into global stars
TechXplore 2014 hosts twitter stars and international investors in E3, Springvale Campus
Digital technology has the power to turn local entrepreneurs into global success stories – that was the message as over 200 guests gathered at E3 Springvale for TechXplore 2014 this morning. Across four sessions the key messages relayed from local, national and international startup, twitter and finance experts included the importance of personal dedication, how vital it is to build the right team for your product or idea and that securing finance, while important, is not the holy grail in the quest for tech success.
Attendees heard advice on how to build a successful digital business and how to communicate effectively on social media. They included music mogul Jon Vanhala, angel investor Wilson Kriegel and UK comedian David Schneider. Also featured on the panels were founders and CEOs of local start-ups Mary McKimm (Yours Florally), Vincent Rainey (QuizFortune) and Carley Morrow (Comprized), as well as experts on investment and legal best practise for digital business.
Carl Whyte, Partner at communications company MW Advocate and the creator of TechXplore said: “TechXplore exists to ensure that as broad an audience as possible in Northern Ireland can engage on the key issues surrounding digital technology. Those attending the event today in Springvale heard from local startups, national experts and international investors and advisors all of whom joined us in Belfast to share their story and expertise. I’m particularly happy that our first panel was made up exclusively of local startups in what is a sure sign of a vibrant and growing sector.”
TechXplore host this year was Declan Lawn, presenter of Panorama and Spotlight on BBC, who led three panel sessions featuring: Kathryn Walls (Mills Selig), Matthew Gonzales, Aaron Taylor (GoPrezzo), Wilson Kriegel and Jon Vanhala (Thesis Venture), while David Schneider and David Levin from ThatLot delivered their renowned social media workshop.
Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, NI Chamber of Commerce said: “The fact that this year’s TechXplore has such an array of speakers from local, national and international markets demonstrates the key role that technology plays in global competitiveness and exports. Technology is vital for all businesses and enterprises, and by sharing and learning with best practices from across the globe, companies here can benefit greatly.”
Sponsored by CME Group and Belfast law firm Mills Selig, TechXplore brought national and international expertise to Belfast to share experiences, learning, technology tips and training. The event is run in partnership between NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry and MW Advocate.