Twelve technology companies based in the northwest have come together to form a tech cluster to drive collaboration in the sector which they say is "exploding in the region".

The cluster includes companies like Overstock and LiveTiles and start-ups like Frankli.

It currently employs over 400 people in the region and the hope is that other companies will join following the launch in Sligo tomorrow afternoon.

'Tech North West' will work closely with IT Sligo, Mayo, Sligo Leitrim ETB; Sligo Local Enterprise Office and the IDA.

It also plans to focus on attracting tech talent to build their tech careers in a region which, they say, offers an enviable work-life balance, shorter commutes as well as lower rents and living costs.

The cluster aims to highlight what it says is the region's growing reputation as an emerging centre of cutting-edge tech and to this end is launching a website www.technorthwest.ie as well as a video and a social media marketing campaign called #ChooseMore.

The Chair of the new cluster is David Kenny of Overstock, a multinational with a base in Sligo.

"Tech North West is driven by a spirit of collaboration across the tech ecosystem in Sligo, Leitrim and surrounding areas," David Kenny said.

"Our vision for the future is to work together to attract talent, new businesses and inspire the next generation of techies," he said.

"We also want to show people living in Dublin, London and elsewhere that you can have a healthy tech career with progression and continuous learning opportunities while having a great work-life balance," he added.

The full list of companies involved in setting up the Tech North West cluster are:  SL Controls, Cora Systems, LiveTiles, Overstock, Frankli, 6 Degrees, Compupac IT, Clanwillian Health, Anuview, Trojan IT,  Jalmia Solutions and Evolutio Care Innovations.

"We also want to show people living in Dublin, London and elsewhere that you can have a healthy tech career with progression and continuous learning opportunities while having a great work-life balance," he added.

The full list of companies involved in setting up the Tech North West cluster are:  SL Controls, Cora Systems, LiveTiles, Overstock, Frankli, 6 Degrees, Compupac IT, Clanwillian Health, Anuview, Trojan IT,  Jalmia Solutions and Evolutio Care Innovations.