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Invent 2018

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)

Hug - The Side Project

Evy - The Student Entrepreneurs

Phion - Capitalising Research

Plotbox - Startup to Scale-up

2018 Categories

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.  


Information for applicants

Applications for Invent 2018 are now closed. 

To view the Invent 2018 Timeline

Contact Kerry McGarvey for further information. 

Invent 2018 Sponsors


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. 

Key Dates


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
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