The annual INVENT 2017 Awards Dinner took place on Thursday 5th October in the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre where we announced the overall winner as Phion Therapeutics.
You can catch up on all the #Invent2017 happenings via our hashtag.
Our finalists competed through several challenging rounds of pitches, assessed by our independent expert judges and our category winners and overall winner won a share of the £33,000 prize fund, access to our global network and a coveted place on the NI Tech Mission to California.
This year saw a record number of entries, with over 120 innovations being submitted. Discover who won below:
Targeted and controlled drug delivery technology
Team Helen McCarthy & David Tabaczynski
Overall winner and Life & Health category winner
Automated beer keg solution
Team Bryan Murphy, Conor Mcgurk, Connor Carville, Donavan Cambell, Patrick Devlin, Aaron Rath
Agri Science Category Winner
Discrete wearable heatpack
Team Fiona Bennington
Engineering Category Winner
Smart Tracking Bag
Team Niamh Tohill, Vincent Kearney, Andrew Cunningham, Nathan Steenson, Matthew Whiteside
Electronics Category Winner
360 degree virtual reality seat views
Team Graham Little
Consumer & Creative Internet Category Winner
Fast, proactive and scalable application of security features
Team Gary Robinson
Enterprise Software Category Winner
The Invent Student awards took place on Wednesday 13th September and were sponsored and hosted by Ulster University.
We 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 winning student was Hurt Lockers.
The Students pitched in front of a live audience of teachers and school students who selected Evy as their 'Pupil's Choice' vote. Read more here
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.
We are delighted to announce that our Innovation Founder 2017 is Mr. James Leckey of Leckey Design.