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Invent 2018

Semi Finalists Announced

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. 

Invent 2018 Semi Finalists

Semi Final Tickets

The Invent 2018 Semi Final (sponsored by RPS) will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at Belfast Waterfront. Join us for food & refreshments before our 24 Semi Finalists pitch against each other live on stage to gain a place in the final. Tickets are £5 - Click the button below to claim your tickets for the Semi Final event!  

Meet the Judges

Invent 2018 Sponsors


Key Dates

Semi Final Wednesday 23rd May, Waterfront Belfast 

Finance Workshop for Finalists Wednesday 6th June, Catalyst Inc, Belfast

Mentor Day for Finalists, Tuesday 12th June 2018, Deloitte, Belfast

Awards Night Thursday 11th October 2018, Waterfront Belfast


May, 2018

Invent 2018 Semi-Final

Invent 2018 Semi-Final

Date: 23 May, 2018

Time: 5.30pm - 9.30pm

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

Note: Registered Attendees Only - Tickets on sale soon

register now


October, 2018

Invent Awards Night

Invent Awards Night

Date: 11 October, 2018

Time: 19.00 - 23.00pm

Venue: Belfast Waterfront

Note: Registered Attendees Only

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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. 

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)
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)
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