INVENT is an annual competition that showcases and rewards local innovations that promise the greatest potential. It’s an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure; to market-validate your idea; to unlock a quality network of influencers and to win a place on the NI Tech Mission to California. There’s also a prize fund of £33,000 shared by the winners.
It’s a competition with a high-profile awards ceremony, but it isn't just about the winners. Each entrant benefits from the experience of pitching in front of panels of expert judges. To register your interest in INVENT 2017 please contact Peter Edgar, INVENT Programme Manager, here.
Jumpack was the overall winner of INVENT 2016. Jumpack is a tough, portable, and foldable extreme sports jump ramp invented by Philip McIntosh (Downpatrick) and Mike Crowe (Belfast). It enables BMXers or skateboarders to 'get air anywhere'.
Overall Winner & Engineering Category Winner
Founded by Fintan Connolly (Belfast), is a gaming app that monitors stress levels through real-time biofeedback, allowing users to regulate and manage their anxiety.
Life & Health Category Winner
Founded by Prof. Kang Li, Dr. Joe Devlin and Dr. Jing Deng based in QUB. It provides an energy-saving service to the manufacturing industry through monitoring every component's energy use in a factory
Electronics Category Winner
Founded by Leeann Monk (Derry) and Jennifer Neff (Dubai), Elemental is cloud based software that enables social prescribing connecting patients and clinicians with community health providers
Enterprise Software Category Winner
'Dip Fast' was created by the Kelly Family of Beragh, County Tyrone. Sheep dipping is a necessary, but time consuming and labour intensive process. Dip Fast's moulded sheep-showering unit improves efficiency while reducing health and safety risks. Agri-Science Category Winner
Founded by Jonny Clarke and Michael Budden from Belfast, Locate a Locus helps pharmacies source locus online who are available and eligible to work.
Creative & Consumer Internet Category Winner
During the summer, groups of undergraduate entrepreneurs receive coaching from our Entrepreneurs in Residence. They learn what it takes to make innovative products commercially viable and get helpful advice in preparation for a pitch competition at Ulster University. In September, ten teams battle it out by presenting their ideas to a panel of innovation experts.
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.
If you have any questions about the INVENT competition please do not hesitate to contact our INVENT Programme Manager Peter Edgar