Go To Catalyst Inc

Invent 2018

Applications now open

What is Invent?

Invent is Catalyst Inc's annual competition supported by headline sponsor Bank of Ireland UK. It showcases and rewards local 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. 

It's been an inspiring few months for us at SeatView. Invent was a great experience and helped us get some momentum behind this new venture. 
Graham Little – SeatView (Invent 2017)

Who is Invent for?

Invent is an opportunity for enthusiastic and passionate innovators and entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland to be part of a unique competition that helps to unlock the potential of innovative ideas. It’s time to put your innovation in the spotlight!

As Engineers, the Invent experience gave us an invaluable insight into the world of business. We met industry experts, other entrepreneurs, and many other businesses that helped fuel our passion for entrepreneurship. We were able to learn from everyone around us.
Niamh Tohill, Evy (Invent 2017)

Why apply?

We asked our previous finalists about their Invent experience and this is what they told us: 

Hug - The Side Project

Evy - The Student Entrepreneurs

Phion - Capitalising Research

Plotbox - Startup to Scale-up

What categories can I apply for?

Every year we choose 6 category winners and one overall winner. We have written a helpful guide to explain each category which can be downloaded by clicking here.  


How can I apply?

The closing date for applications to Invent is Friday 23rd March 2018. It’s as simple as filling in our online form but it’s important that you read the documents below before submitting. Contact Kerry McGarvey for further information

Terms & Conditions (Elligibility Criteria)

Invent 2018 Timeline

Invent 2018 Sponsors

Steering Team

Clare Passmore


David Brownlee

HSC Innovations

Neil Buchanan


Kathleen Garrett


Niamh Griffin

Bank Of Ireland UK

Caroline Hearst

Arthur Cox

John Macrae

Ulster University

Steven Orr

Deloitte Digital

Neasa Quigley

Carson Mc Dowell

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Jason Wiggins