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Invent 2020 opens for applications

24 February 2020


Apply now for a share of £33,000 for new tech innovations and ideas

Catalyst’s Invent is an annual competition that showcases local innovations and proof of concept ideas that have the greatest commercial potential.

The event provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to:

  • gain high profile exposure and recognition
  • market validate their ideas
  • unlock a quality network of influencers

The winners also share a prize fund of £33,000.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply, your innovation or proof of concept idea must fit into one of the following categories:

  • life and health sciences
  • enterprise software
  • creative media and consumer internet
  • engineering
  • electronics
  • agri-science

The competition is open to anyone with an innovative idea, from students and postgrads through to executives with side projects and retired people with a solution.

Key dates
27 March 2020 - applications deadline
7 April 2020 - qualifying rounds briefing night and pitching workshop
w/c 20 April 2020 - qualifying rounds
2 May 2020 - Invent semi-final
3 September 2020 - final pitches
8 October 2020 - Invent Awards Night at ICC, Belfast

Find out more about Invent 2020 and apply.

For further information about the competition, email Programme Manager Kerry McGarvey.