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Belfast sportstech firm Karios to create 15 jobs

Kairos co-founders Andrew Trimble and Gareth Quinn. Photo: David Cavan Photography

A BELFAST sports technology firm co-founded by one of Ulster rugby's most capped-ever players is to create at least 15 jobs next year.

Kairos, a multi-sport technology platform that enables professional sports clubs to streamline planning and optimise performance, was set up by former Ulster and Ireland star Andrew Trimble and Digital DNA founder Gareth Quinn.

“The concept for Kairos stems from a lot of personal frustrations and inefficiencies experienced in the world of professional team sport,” said Trimble, who stepped away from a 13-year career in professional rugby earlier this year to devote his time to Kairos.

“Contending with a cluttered landscape of ever-changing player and team schedules, meeting times, gym requirements, equipment, medical and PR appointments can create chaos in the mind of the professional athlete,” added Trimble, who last year was awarded an MSc in finance from Queen's University.

“Kairos offers a solution to this problem. Our platform streamlines the abundance of communication received by players, replacing it with simplicity, clarity and calm. This enables the athlete to focus single-mindedly on what's most important – performance.”

With Kairos already being used by Ulster Rugby, the team has worked closely with a number of professional sports clubs and organisations to help build the platform, including the Northern Ireland football squad, Manchester City FC, Ospreys Rugby and US club Boston College ice hockey.

The firm is currently closing an investment round, which co-founder Gareth Quinn said will underpin a talent investment programme throughout 2019.

He said: “We were hugely encouraged by the positive feedback received from both local and global investors throughout our seed round, and by their willingness to support Kairos and be part of its success.

“Their investment will enable us to establish a base in Belfast and to create at least 15 jobs over the next 12 months, predominantly to build out a world class tech team.

“With Belfast globally renowned for its strong talent, particularly in the tech space, we have every confidence that we can build out a world class team that is capable of delivering an exceptional solution and building on the significant success we have had so far.”

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