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The Lightyear Corporation

Asia Pacific
  • Software
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Founded in Australia in 2017, The Lightyear Corporation offers cloud-based procurement and invoice processing automation software to large SMEs and mid-market companies across the world. Its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product increases workplace efficiencies and team collaboration through data extraction and customisable workflows for businesses.

In 2018 Lightyear selected Northern Ireland as the location for its global headquarters, locating inside Belfast’s largest tech hub community. Factors that influenced the company's decision to choose Northern Ireland included the region's credentials as a leading innovation hub for fintech and support from Invest NI.

We evaluated many locations to run our global operations for Lightyear, but Belfast was the clear winner. The calibre of tech talent, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning is world class. Belfast also offers a great entry point to the European and US markets and allows us to offer near 24/7 global support in partnership with our Australian office.

Chris Gregg
CEO, The Lightyear Corporation

Since its original investment, the company has continued to work with Invest NI’s teams in Northern Ireland and Australia to explore new industries and potential export markets for its services. Invest NI has offered trade assistance and support towards job creation, R&D and technical product support to develop its software product.

The skillsets of the Belfast team include fintech, software and dev-ops. It is an agile team that is focused on creating solutions for businesses and accountants.

In 2020 Lightyear announced that it was investing over £1million in its business and doubling the size of its Northern Ireland workforce, adding twelve new jobs.

The twelve new roles will expand the capability of our team so that we can capitalise on new sectors and start to break into new international markets such as the US. We have started recruiting and are already impressed with the high level of talent we have been able to add to the team.

Chris Gregg
CEO, The Lightyear Corporation

Key facts

  • Global headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Office in Sydney, Australia.
  • Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver data automation for the accounts payable and procurement sector.
  • Processing more than US$7 billion of invoices each year for businesses around the world.
  • Since 2018, has onboarded over 4,000 customers across 11 countries.