NI Companies have Innovation and Skills to Succeed in US

Jan 27, 2016

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell and Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry, are pictured at Stanford University’s Design School with entrepreneur and Consulting Associate Professor Stuart Coulson.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell and Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry have said NI tech companies have the innovation and skills to succeed in Silicon Valley.

The Ministers were speaking during a visit to Stanford University’s Design School, where NI companies were taking part in a Design Thinking Workshop, hosted by entrepreneur and Consulting Associate Professor Stuart Coulson, as part of the Invest NI Tech Mission.

Jonathan Bell said: “A key part of the NI Tech Mission is not just the people that participants meet, but exposure to the ideas and way of thinking that makes Silicon Valley unique.

“Innovation and finding solutions to problems in a ‘why didn’t I think of that’ way are key components of design thinking. The participants in this week’s NI Tech Mission are the best of the best and I know that they will have the ideas and potential to really benefit from this workshop. I look forward to hearing more in the future about how the knowledge gained from this workshop is being used to create new products and new export success for Northern Ireland companies.”

Dr Stephen Farry said: “I would like to thank Stuart and all here at the Design School for hosting this workshop. I know it will prove to be interesting for everyone involved at the Design School to learn more about what our companies are working on. I am confident they will be impressed by the talent and skills our entrepreneurs have to offer.”

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