A unique, high-profile opportunity to explore the potential of your innovation and plug into a quality network of influencers and investors.

Invent: your future

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.

Read a review of INVENT 2016

2016 Winners


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

Take Ten

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

Point Energy

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

Oran Oak

'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

Locate a Locum

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

Invent for students

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.

Innovation Founders 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.


If you have any questions about the INVENT competition please do not hesitate to contact our INVENT Programme Manager Peter Edgar

Steering Team

Clare Passmore


David Brownlee

HSC Innovations

Neil Buchanan


Kathleen Garrett


Niamh Griffin

Bank Of Ireland UK

Andrew Jennings

Arthur Cox

John Macrae

Ulster University

Steven Orr

Deloitte Digital

Neasa Quigley

Carson Mc Dowell

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Jason Wiggins