Invent 2016

A competition to find inventions with the greatest commercial potential from Northern Ireland


The Semi final is now over and the finalists have been selected. The winners of INVENT 2016 will be announced at our annual night of invention at the INVENT Awards in front of 600 people including leading technology experts, commercial executives and entrepreneurs on 29th September. Our EARLY BIRD tickets are now on sale via the link below.

Eventbrite - INVENT Awards 2016

INVENT challenges inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and startups with proof-of-concepts and prototypes in science and technology to discover the commercial potential of their idea. Entrants compete through rounds of pitching assessed by our independent expert judges to win a share of the £33,000 prize fund, access to our global network and a place on the NI Tech Mission to California.

Finalists 2016


INVENT Student Competition

In 2016 our student competition has returned with a group of brilliant young entrepreneurs with innovative ventures and ideas that they want to commercialise. Over the summer the teams will prepare pitches coached by some of our team and our 'Entrepreneurs in Residence'.

10 teams will pitch their invention and business idea on 15th September at Ulster University as they compete to win the title of most innovative project in 2016 and a cash prize of £1000.


30th June | Business Plan Deadline

7th Sept | Final Pitch (09:00-16:30)

29th Sept | INVENT Awards 2016

Jan 2017 | NI Tech Mission to California

Innovation Founders Award

Nominations for the Innovation Founders Award are now open. The award recognises the efforts of entrepreneurs who have developed science and technology innovations whose ideas and positive contribution to the community have helped put Northern Ireland innovation on the map. Click here to nominate.





If you have any questions about the competition contact Peter Edgar for further advice and help.