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Success approached from every angle

We offer a variety of starting points and pathways for your entrepreneurial journey.

Some are structured processes, others offer pure inspiration, yet each leads to the same destination: thriving innovative businesses and a growing knowledge economy.


Northern Ireland's most powerful, personalised, accelerator programme for innovation companies Find out more


is an annual competition that showcases and rewards local innovations that promise the greatest potential Find out more

Co-Founders Wanted

enhances the credentials and capability of start-ups by introducing experienced entrepreneurs to their fledgling management team Find out more


provides innovators with a grounding in business fundamentals Find out more

Knowledge Economy Index report

uses key at a year-on-year to compare our performance with other regions Find out more

Generation Innovation

energises the imaginations and aspirations of local young people by increasing their awareness of future careers as innovators Find out more

What others are saying about us

Ricky Martin

Without Connect involvement, we would be years behind where we are now. Invent allowed us to hone the most important skill for investment; pitching and offered publicity on a national scale. Springboard was the main tool that allowed us to secure investment, it made us evaluate every part of our business and then be critically assessed. The 'nowhere to hide' process was invaluable and had an enormous impact on investment. Co-founders Wanted put us in contact with the brilliant Ronan Cunningham who lent us his years of expertise and experience, opened his contact book and pointed us ahead. We have been to California twice with the NI Tech Mission and are hopeful in signing a licensing agreement with a global brand as a result. My advice to any business that has the opportunity to work with Connect - Grab tight with both hands!

Ricky Martin

Ronan Cunningham

Always putting the needs of the entrepreneur first, Connect has created an incredible resource for technology startups in Northern Ireland. They provide a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from a brilliant peer group of experienced technical and business people in a safe and supportive environment at a time in the life of your company where this knowledge and guidance can hugely improve your chances of success.

Ronan Cunningham

Founder of Banbatech and a Connect Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Philip McIntosh

Invent was such an amazing experience for us. Even outside of the success we enjoyed, the entire journey has proved to be so valuable. The process helped us to identify, understand and fine tune the weaker areas of our business so as we moved through the process, we improved with each stage. The support and enthusiasm we received from the Connect team was exceptional, this was the first event of this type that had entered and we were made to feel like part of a family. We've made some great friends and contacts along the way. I would encourage anyone with an idea in development to have a very close look at this event as there genuine rewards to be gained at every stage.

Philip McIntosh

Chris Acheson

Springboard was a transformational experience for CADshare, and for me personally. I entered the process with a concept I thought had potential, and emerged at the other end with a solid foundation for the business and a well-articulated, credible investment proposition. Our EiRs provided world-class guidance and support, and access to the Catalyst Inc global network of contacts will continue to prove invaluable. Springboard gave us the confidence to know that we really are “investor ready”.

Chris Acheson

CADshare Founder