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About the trade mission

Invest Northern Ireland is delighted to be taking innovative companies from Northern Ireland on a trade mission to Chicago and Toronto from 16-20 September. 

This trade mission will allow the businesses to explore key commercial advantages both cities have to offer and explore the vast opportunities for growth in these markets. The mission will be led by Economy Minister Conor Murphy, MLA.

The companies operate across a variety of sectors, providing innovative technology-led solutions for a range of industries including financial services, insurance, education, green energy and manufacturing.  
Northern Ireland has proven technology experience, capacity and capability. The region enjoys an international reputation as a region of expertise and knowledge in tech development and has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the UK.

Find out more about the Northern Ireland Technology sector.

Please note the recruitment window for this trade mission is now closed, but you can still check other upcoming trade missions and events.

Want to know more about our support? Contact our business support team.

Why Chicago? 

  • Chicago has a diverse economy, the third-largest GDP in the US and is home to 30+ Fortune 500 companies, including Walgreens, Caterpillar, State Farm Insurance, Allstate, Northern Trust, and Aon. 
  • Chicago has the third highest employment in the finance and insurance sector. The region's economic diversity and need for financial products has evolved fintech into one of Chicago's fastest growing tech verticals.  
  • The region is also a leader in food & drink manufacturing, innovation & technology, life sciences and transport and logistics 

Why Toronto? 

  • The Toronto region is a global economic powerhouse, with the most diverse economy in North America 
  • Toronto is a vital financial and technological hub, boasting the third-largest tech sector in North America 
  • The region is also a leader in sectors such as food processing, financial services, energy, and life and health sciences.  Additional, sector strengths include manufacturing, digital, and research and development. 

Companies attending

  • Alchemy Technology Services supports the digitisation of the global insurance industry by providing software implementation and support services to leading software providers, system integrators and insurance companies. Expert consultants deliver full-lifecycle solutions, from implementation to ongoing support, building strong client relationships for long-term success.

  • Creative Media is a 100% remote agency specialising in B2B demand generation. Working with companies in construction services and engineering, they are specialists across design, web development, content marketing, social media, email marketing, digital marketing, strategy and project management. 55% of their clients are based in North America.

  • Enzai provide an AI governance software platform that helps organisations understand and manage risks that come with AI, while meeting their emerging regulatory obligations. Founded by leading lawyers and engineers in this space, the company is on a mission to ensure powerful AI technologies can reach their full potential.

  • Driven by people, data and technology, First Derivative unlocks the value of insight, hindsight, and foresight to drive organisations forward. Counting many of the world’s leading investment banks as clients, First Derivative helps its clients navigate the data-driven, digital revolution that is disrupting and transforming the financial services sector.

  • The JHC Online App enables users to access high performance courses on Leadership, Mentoring and Team Development, at their convenience.

    The courses, which are accredited by the Ulster University, include interactive modules, podcasts and personal insights from successful sports men and women.

  • Lagan Energy Engineering Ltd are a leading supplier of low carbon energy solutions with global operating experience and reach. Specialising in the Renewable, Data Centre and Green Hydrogen sectors our world class technical services are the choice of industry leaders and companies worldwide.

  • Rubik, an award-winning IT services provider, empowers manufacturers to bridge the digital gap with cutting-edge strategic and technical solutions. Their innovative data analytics platform, Data Mule, drives transformation and efficiency in the manufacturing sector.

  • The Seedling content authoring platform allows educational publishers and EdTech developers to easily and efficiently produce interactive learning resources at scale. Our no-code platform streamlines the creation of digital learning materials, reducing costs, time, and labour, allowing providers to be highly responsive to the growing demands for digital learning materials.

  • The Foundation is a creative consulting firm focused on communication to meet the internal and external challenges faced by large enterprises. It works with the leaders and senior teams of organizations, designing communication strategies for their clients, innovation, transformation, attracting & retaining talent, and building culture.

  • Version 1 proves that IT can make a real difference to our customers. We are trusted by global brands to deliver IT solutions which drive their success. Our team of difference-makers work tirelessly to deliver impactful changes to help our customers navigate the rapidly changing Digital-First world we live in.

  • Xsell's core strength lies in world-class lead generation through innovative digital marketing solution, Xseller8® specialised to understand the needs of IT and software sectors. Providing comprehensive analytics, automated marketing workflows, personalised campaigns to drive high-quality leads and enhance marketing performance, ensuring measurable business growth.