Nearshore software development firm Unosquare has announced plans to open an engineering center in Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland.
Unosquare, which has most of its global service centers in Mexico, says the Belfast hub will support its foray into European market and help support its U.S. commitments.
The engineering center will develop next-generation platforms for digital banking, cancer diagnostics, and treatment using the latest technologies. The company also plans to train ‘experienced’ local engineers in new technologies.
“We were looking for a location that not only provided skilled software engineers, but also the right business climate to enable us to get our operation up and running quickly,” said Mike Barrett, CEO of the software firm.
The Belfast Unosquare office has eight employees to date, with plans to hire between 20 to 30 engineers by the end of 2017. The company said that the new center would create approximately 100 jobs over the next two years.
Elsewhere in the world, the company has 300 employees and serves 40 customers in the healthcare, fintech, and software industries.
Financial aid offered by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) proved crucial in Unosquare’s decision to set up shop in the Northern Ireland city, according to a company press release.
“[Invest NI] helped us understand the local technology market, introduced us to others who came before us and helped guide us through the ramp-up process,” said Unosquare President, Giancarlo Di Vece.