The visit of a major business delegation from Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Centre and Colorado Governor's Office to explore trade, academic collaboration and investment with Londonderry was welcomed tonight (28 Sept) by Prof Fabian Monds, Invest Northern Ireland chairman.
The visit of a major business delegation from Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Centre and Colorado Governor’s Office to explore trade, academic collaboration and investment with Londonderry was welcomed tonight (28 Sept) by Prof Fabian Monds, Invest Northern Ireland chairman.
The visit of the 26-strong delegation was organised by Invest NI through its Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre in Denver.
Leaders of the delegation were guests of Prof Monds at the North West Marketing Small Business Awards in the City Hotel. Joe Blake, the president and chief executive of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, presented the main award, the ‘Overall Business of the Year Award’, which was sponsored by Invest NI’s North West Local Office.
Welcoming the delegation, Prof Monds said: “This is an important visit that will help to strengthen existing relationships between business and academia in Derry and Denver. It is an excellent example of Invest NI activity within the North West Action Plan which aims to help to drive the economy forward by a series of initiatives including international collaboration that will increase trade, bring new technology-led investment and strengthen links between the University of Ulster and major international research centres such as those in Colorado state.
“Attending the awards will give the delegation an opportunity to get a flavour of the excellent businesses and young entrepreneurs in the North West region. It will also enable them to see the commitment of organisations such as North West Marketing and the sponsoring organisations in encouraging and recognising these companies for their innovative ideas and energetic approach to business.”
The delegation is comprised mainly of businesses from Colorado’s fast developing life and health sciences sector and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, which is turning a former US Army base in Colorado into a biotechnology research hub.
The delegation will have a breakfast presentation by Derry City Council tomorrow (Weds) before travelling on to Coleraine, where they will be hosted by Gerry McKenna, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Ulster, and will visit the Molecular Bio Sciences Centre and the Innovation Centre.
The visit follows participation by a much smaller delegation from Denver at the Bio Ireland event at the University of Ulster, Coleraine in June.
The Denver delegation comprises: Amerimed Corporation; Avidity;
BioCare Systems Inc; BP Proteomics; Byers Peak; Capital Funding Strategies; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Fighting Bull Technologies;
Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority; Governor’s Economic Development and International Trade; RMC Pharmaceuticals; Rocky Mountain Valuation Specialists; CHSC and the World Trade Centre Denver