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The annual INVENT 2017 Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday 5th October in the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre. 

The Awards night is the final celebration dinner of the Invent competition and our search for Northern Ireland's next breakthrough invention. 

Our finalists have competed through several challenging rounds of pitches, assessed by our independent expert judges and they are now in with a chance of winning a share of the £33,000 prize fund, access to our global network and a coveted place on the NI Tech Mission to California.

Come join us for what has become the highlight of the Northern Ireland business calendar. You will be joined by more than 600 business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, students and innovators for a fabulous evening of networking. 

On the night there will be a drinks reception, a four course dinner and an exciting and high-energy awards ceremony when we will announce our 2017 Invent winners. The evening will be hosted by broadcaster William Crawley and we will have live and interactive 'elevator pitches' on the night. 

Meet the Finalists


Automated beer keg solution 

Team Bryan Murphy, Conor Mcgurk, Connor Carville, Donavan Cambell, Patrick Devlin, Aaron Rath

Agri Science 

The Skinny Sauce Company

Sugar free, gluten free, all natural sauces

Team Maria Doran

Agri Science


Discrete wearable heatpack

Team Fiona Bennington 


"Edde" by Iris

Water Rescue Device

Team Kevin Howlette, James Baller


The Blinky Company

Intelligent buggy blanket

Team Olivia Farnan

Life & Health

Phion Therapeutics

Targeted and controlled drug delivery technology

Team Helen McCarthy & David Tabaczynski 

Life & Health


Fast, proactive and scalable application of security features

Team Gary Robinson

Enterprise Software

Farm TV

Agricultural video content platform

Team John McClean

Consumer & Creative Internet


Automating and simplifying the identification of Cybersecurity solutions

Team Kiran Bhagotra

Enterprise Software


Smart Tracking Bag

Team Niamh Tohill, Vincent Kearney, Andrew Cunningham, Nathan Steenson, Matthew Whiteside



Securing distributed critical systems via the cloud

Team Rafiullah Khan, Boojoong Kang, Matthew Hagan


Seat View

360 degree virtual reality seat views

Team Graham Little

Consumer & Creative Internet


Judging Panel

Student Awards

The Invent Student awards will take place on Wednesday 13th September sponsored and hosted by Ulster University. These Awards will take place at Ulster University Belfast Campus.

We have invited back the top twelve student scores from the Invent qualifying rounds to battle it out to be crowned the student winner and receive £1000.

The Students will pitch in front of a live audience of teachers and school students who will hopefully be inspired by the pitches. The day will continue for the audience with a day of innovation hosted by Ulster University, 

Please click here to find out more information.

Innovation Founder Award

Connect is future-focused, but that’s not to say we can’t learn a thing or two from the past. Our annual Innovation Founders Award is given to a local innovator who has successfully pushed the possibility of their business idea beyond boundaries. They come from a wide variety of sectors but all share a common characteristic: having the tenacity and vision to develop home-grown innovation into remarkable success stories. They are all testament to the fact that in Northern Ireland we are as capable as anywhere in the world at creating outstanding breakthrough businesses. 

Nominations are now closed for the Innovation Founder 2017. Stay tuned for the big announcement!

Steering Team

Clare Passmore


David Brownlee

HSC Innovations

Neil Buchanan


Kathleen Garrett


Niamh Griffin

Bank Of Ireland UK

Andrew Jennings

Arthur Cox

John Macrae

Ulster University

Steven Orr

Deloitte Digital

Neasa Quigley

Carson Mc Dowell

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Jason Wiggins