Catalyst announces new partnership with EY

Trudy Parry (left) from Catalyst and Ian Edwards from EY, at the Catalyst Innovation Centre on Queen’s Island in Belfast.

CATALYST has announced a new partnership with professional services firm EY, which will see the two organisations work together to grow and enhance the north's innovation economy.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation, Catalyst works to develop the Northern Ireland's tech industry through fostering entrepreneurship and innovation and supporting transformative businesses.

EY currently employs around 600 people its Northern Ireland operation, providing consulting, auditing, tax and strategy services to businesses.

As one of Catalyst's platinum partners, EY will have influence on the range of programmes it runs for entrepreneurs and start-up companies at all stages of development.

Ian Edwards from EY NI said: “Having supported hundreds of NI businesses in the past 24 years of our EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme, we have seen the massive potential of Northern Ireland's vibrant tech sector and are excited to bring that expertise to the fore in this partnership with Catalyst.

“In the past 16 months of the pandemic we have all learned that in times of crisis there are significant opportunities to transform, innovate and thrive and we're excited to support tech entrepreneurs on their journey to reach higher and succeed faster now and into the future.”

Trudy Parry from Catalyst, added: “Catalyst has identified a number of key clusters that will drive Northern Ireland's economy in the coming decade and we are delighted to have the support of industry partners like EY who recognise the need to embrace the opportunities created by the new technologies and new ways of doing business that are emerging.”

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