Youth Programmes

Providing inspiration and support to Northern Ireland's young innovators and entrepreneurs

Generation Innovation Network

Generation Innovation is a network for young entrepreneurs aged 15-18, who want to make a difference to the culture of innovation in Northern Ireland. We are a community of more than 800 young innovators and we want you to join us. As part of our network you can be supported by entrepreneurs, universities, investors and employers who can help to bring your ideas, careers and visions to life. Here at Connect we believe that young innovators in Northern Ireland can help us change the world. For more information please email Claire Burgoyne

Night Of Ambition

The Night Of Ambition is an annual event bringing together our Generation Innovation Network of 15-18 year old thinkers, makers and do-ers. It is also an opportunity for teachers and parents to get up to speed on emerging trends in technology and knowledge-based careers in Northern Ireland.

The night features a mix of inspiring talks from a range of pioneering individuals specialising in areas including entrepreneurship in coding, gaming, social media, science, tech and design.

In the past we have welcomed speakers including global superstar, Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, MythBusters host Adam Savage and YouTube star Shane Todd. For more information please email Claire Burgoyne

Young Founders

This 8 week summer internship programme runs throughout July and August each year and is aimed at age 16-18 year old innovators. Each Young Founder is given £1500 each and the opportunity to compete to win a £5000 bonus to help progress their business idea. The Young Founders explore how to start a business and ultimately the programme helps to bridge the gap between a great idea and commercial viability via masterclasses and mentoring from an expert entrepreneur. For more information please email Claire Burgoyne

Steering Team

Mark Dowds

Trov Inc

Brian Byers

Ulster University

Bill Connor


Liguori Dobbin

Bank Of Ireland

Columb Duffy

Allstate NI

Carol Fitzsimons

Young Enterprise NI

Rachel Gawley


Michael Ievers

Stranmillis University College

Lynsey Mallon

Arthur Cox

Rachel McAllister

Carson McDowell

Cathy Moore

St. Mary's Grammar School, Belfast

Kieran O'Neill

Deloitte Digital

Joanne Stuart

Catalyst Inc

Kathryn Walls

Mills Selig

Rachael Wilkinson

Queen's University Belfast