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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.

Discover the next big thing as we showcase the best emerging innovations from Northern Ireland on 23rd May at ICC Befast Waterfront Hall Studio. The Invent Semi final sponsored by RPS will see 24 innovators and entrepreneurs battle it out to become the Invent 2019 finalists – and we’re inviting you to sit in on the action!

Find out more and register here to attend.

Who should apply for Invent?

Invent is a unique in-depth competition that is open to Northern Ireland residents (individuals or teams) with an innovative proof of concept idea they are passionate about.  Applications open in January each year and culminate in the final awards night in October.

Every year we choose 6 category winners and one overall winner. Your product should fall into one of the 6 categories below:

  • Agri Science
  • Engineering
  • Life & Health
  • Enterprise Software
  • Electronics
  • Creative & Consumer Internet

We have written a helpful guide to explain each category which can be downloaded by clicking here.

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: Jessica Caldwell


Tel: 07799068420

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