100 new digi-firms for Derry

Digital Derry has announced a range of initiatives designed to help create 100 new digital companies in the North West by 2015.

Launched at a showcase event in the city on Thursday, the measures include a privately-funded incubation project and a major international festival.

The projects are the latest in a series of good news stories coming from the region’s digital content sector, including the recent announcement that the city has seen over twenty new digital businesses established in the last twelve months.

Speaking at the launch, the city’s Digital Champion, Mark Nagurski, said: “We’ve spent much of the last year at Digital Derry trying to create a buzz about the sector and encourage new startups. The projects we’ve unveiled today are exactly the kind of high impact programmes that can help us hit our target of 100 new digital businesses by 2015.”

President of the Londonderry Chamber, Padraig Canavan, welcomed all the announcements “It is particularly good news that we have addressed support mechanisms designed specifically for early stage startup businesses as well as a major new ‘accelerator’ programme which will invest over £100,000 of private funds into seven high-potential companies”. Digital Derry also released details of a key “digital cultural festival” which will take place in both 2012 and 2013 as part of the City of Culture programme.

Commenting on the announcements, Derry’s Digital Ambassador and Director of Online Operations for Facebook EMEA, Colm Long said: “I’ve been excited to be part of the Digital Derry project for over a year now and what we’ve announced today are exactly the kind of projects that can help put Derry on the maP.”