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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. 

Invent Awards Dinner Tickets

Come join us for what has become the highlight of Northern Ireland business calendar. Together with more than 700 business executives, entrepreneurs, investors and student innovators you will enjoy an amazing evening of networking , great food, elevator pitches, presentation of the Invent awards and the announcement of the Innovation Founder 2018. 

When: Thursday 11th October 2018

Where: Waterfront Conference Centre, Belfast

Ticket sales now closed

Invent 2018 Sponsors


Invent 2018 Finalists

Crafted Equestrian 

Injury prevention solution for horses 

Jenny Gregg 

Agri Science Finalist


Slurry gas detector and alert system

Mark Elliott  

Agri Science Finalist


A revolutionary way to find and book health & wellbeing providers

Team: Jason Harvey and Andrew McCracken

Creative Media & Consumer Internet Finalist


Visual Sports Performance Tracking

Justin Thompson

Creative Media & Consumer Internet Finalist

Machine Eye

Intelligent safety device

Team: Brendan Digney, Alan Ferguson, Jonathan Atkinson, Ben Kelly, Tiernan Conlon

Electronics Finalist


Wearable emergency water safety beacon  

Team: Gavin Nicholl, Sean Hackett, Ryan McGovern, Odhran Cummings, Andrew Pollock, Patrick Clarke 

Electronics Finalist

Zero Waste Biotech

Food waste converted to fuel 

Stephen Beck 

Engineering Finalist 

Gray’s Clip

Fully insulated power cable clip 

Julie Gray 

Engineering Finalist


Goods importation processing system 

Barry Rollins

Enterprise Software Finalist 

Overwatch Research

Science Research Data Management 

Team: Chris Armstrong, Graham Wilsdon, Paul Wilsdon 

Enterprise Software Finalist 

Sono Targ

Ultrasound targeted cancer drug delivery 

John Callan 

Life and Health Finalist 

Micare Technologies

Smart mobile tech for pregnancy diabetes

Team: Lana McClements, Chris Watson, Nirmala Bhogal 

Life and Health Finalist

Innovation Founder Award 2018

Nominations are now closed for Innovation Founder 2018. 

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