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Invent is an annual competition to showcase local innovations and ideas that have the greatest commercial potential.

What is Invent?

The Invent competition has been widely recognised as one of the best opportunities for those innovations and proof of concept ideas that have the greatest commercial potential.

It’s an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure; to validate your idea and to unlock a quality network of influencers. There’s also a prize fund of £33,000 shared by the winners.

Invent Awards Night 2019

The Invent Awards Night is the finale celebration dinner of our annual competition to find Northern Ireland’s next breakthrough inventions. Entrants have competed through several rounds of pitches assessed by independent expert judges to win a share of the £33,000 prize fund.

Come join us for what has become the highlight of the Northern Ireland business calendar. Together with more than 700 business executives, entrepreneurs, investors and student innovators you will enjoy an amazing evening of networking, great food, elevator pitches, presentation of Invent awards and the announcement of the Innovation founder 2019.


When? Thursday 10th October 2019

Where? ICC Waterfront Belfast

Tickets £80+VAT per person (£750+VAT for table of 10)

TIcket Price includes: Drinks reception, three Course Dinner and a high energy and exciting awards night.

Dress Code: Smart business attire.

Why Invent?

Invent provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain high profile exposure and recognition and to market validate their ideas.

You will get support throughout the process including support from mentors with a range of valuable experience.

Contact Information

Name: Karen Hall


Tel: 07825165933

Invent 2019 Finalists

The twelve entrepreneurs who have secured their place in the final of Invent 2019.


Creative Media and Consumer Internet

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Creative Media and Consumer Internet


Life & Health Science


Life & Health Science




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Signal Optimiser

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Concrete Jungle

Enterprise Software

Obbi Solutions

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Enterprise Software


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Agri Science


Agri Science


Innovation Founder Award

The INVENT Innovation Founder Award is Catalyst’s highest honour, celebrating individual success stories that continue to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs. Recipients have achieved distinction over the years for founding, leading, or advancing a Northern Irish life sciences or technology-based business organisation. Such entrepreneurs have contributed to our region individually and through their organisations to the business sectors that shape our local economy and improve our quality of life. Nominations for 2019 are now closed and the 2019 Innovation Founder will be announced at the Invent Awards on the 10th October – book tickets here.

Previous Winners:

  • 2018 John Rainey
  • 2017 James Leckey
  • 2016 Sir Martin Naughton
  • 2015 Brian Conlon
  • 2014 Dr William Wright
  • 2013 Dr Peter Fitzgerald
  • 2012 Tom Eakin
  • 2011 Hugh Cormican
  • 2010 Prof John Anderson

Invent Steering Team

Clare Passmore


David Brownlee

HSC Innovations

Neil Buchanan


Kathleen Garrett

TechStart NI

Niamh Griffin

Bank of Ireland

John Macrae

Ulster University

Steven Orr

Deloitte Digital

Neasa Quigley

Carson McDowell

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Jason Wiggins