Chargifi CEO and co-founder Dan Bladen with CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, Alastair Hamilton.
LONDON, 13 August 2019: Chargifi, the market leading cloud-managed wireless charging provider has set up a Technology and Business Development hub in Belfast, in a £3.6 million investment that will create 41 jobs. The news comes as a result of rapid company growth over the last 12 months, due to the projected growth of the B2B wireless charging industry as Qi wireless charging becomes a mainstream technology that customers, employees and guests view as a necessity.
The opening of the new office is part of the company’s expansion plan that aims to significantly increase its sales by developing its presence in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA and China.
Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, who are supporting the investment, said: “Chargifi’s decision to set up its Technology and Business Development hub in Northern Ireland was influenced by the availability of high quality talent, particularly software engineers, as well as the support offered by Invest NI. The company is a welcome addition to Northern Ireland’s vibrant ICT sector, which has already attracted over 100 global technology companies. “The new jobs created by Chargifi will contribute over £1.8m in annual salaries to the local economy and will introduce new skills and new opportunities to the ICT sector here.”
The Technology and Business Development hub in Belfast will focus on the development of Chargifi’s core technology, supporting product certification, quality assurance, collaboration with technology partners, as well as a team focussed on developing the commercial go to market strategy.
Dan Bladen, CEO at Chargifi, said: “All of the leading smartphones now have wireless charging built in, and demand is ramping for this type of convenient power when away from home . Businesses are deploying Chargifi cloud-connected SmartSpots in venues and workplaces to enhance the user experience, boosting satisfaction and loyalty, all with the peace of mind that the cloud managed service ensures it is always working.”
“We anticipate that the market for wireless charging will grow significantly over the next couple of years. Chargifi has the vision and technology to help drive fast adoption in the market and we are gearing up to meet the ever increasing demand. The new hub in Belfast is an important part of our growth story.”
Chargifi will take up residence in the historic Ormeau Baths building, now a co-working space and startup hub in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. The company, headquartered in London, will take advantage of the high level of talent from both Queen’s University and the University of Ulster, with the ongoing support of Invest NI.
Chargifi’s office is in Belfast’s historic Ormeau Baths building.
Chargifi’s expansion, after already doubling their workforce in 2018, is just one of a number of signs that demand for wireless charging is burgeoning. With Apple, Samsung, Google and Huawei all making major announcements of wireless charging ready devices during 2018, by the end of 2019 there will be close to one billion devices capable of wireless charging in the hands of consumers. This recent expansion news is on the back of a string of moves in 2018 by Chargifi, securing investment from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and forming strategic partnerships with Belkin worldwide and Ingram Micro in the North American market, SABA Hospitality in Asia, Westcoast in the UK.
Chargifi has deployed SmartSpots around the world and counts global brands such as Amazon, Pret A Manger, Grand Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and WeWork among its customers.
Invest NI has offered the company £328,000 of support towards the new jobs.