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Invent 2019 - Applications closing soon

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.

Please contact Jessica Caldwell, Programme Manager, for more information. 

Why apply?

You will gain high profile exposure, validate your idea, unlock a quality network of influencers and be in with a chance of winning a share of the £33,000 prize fund. 

It's time to put your innovation in the spotlight! 

Who is Invent for?

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.

Every year we choose 6 category winners and one overall winner. Your product should fall into one of the 6 categories below. We have written a helpful guide to explain each category which can be downloaded by clicking here.  


Further Information

Invent 2018 Overall Winner

Invent 2018 Success for Gray's Clip - Hear from last year's Overall Winner on why they entered and why you should apply for Invent 2019 

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. 

Steering Team

Clare Passmore


David Brownlee

HSC Innovations

Neil Buchanan


Kathleen Garrett


Niamh Griffin

Bank Of Ireland UK

John Macrae

Ulster University

Steven Orr

Deloitte Digital

Neasa Quigley

Carson Mc Dowell

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Jason Wiggins