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12 teams of NI innovators and entrepreneurial future thinkers make INVENT 2020 Final

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12 teams of innovators and entrepreneurial future thinkers have progressed to the final of Northern Ireland’s innovation competition INVENT.

Organised by Catalyst and supported by Bank of Ireland UK, INVENT’s mission is to discover the next product/service with the greatest commercial potential. 

The competition challenges and develops innovators, entrepreneurs, students, scientists and startups to develop their proof of concept idea. It serves as a INVENT 2020showcase for emerging Northern Ireland tech and product innovations increasing their visibility and comes with a £33,000 prize fund to split between the winners.

The Semi-finals took place online via livestream with a multi location, highly experienced judging panel that included: Carmen Rico Samaipata VC, Ian Leigh Greenwood Way Capital, Andrew Aldridge Deepbridge Capital, Kealan Doyle Symvan capital, Gavin Kennedy Bank of Ireland UK and Dr Michael Shaw of RPS Group. 

The 12 INVENT 2020 finalists that fall across 6 industry categories are:

Sport Buff is a next generation audience engagement for sports broadcast. Engaging viewers through live predictions, polls, votes, trivia and more over the top of video content - live, replay, archive, news and highlights. 

Boop promotes an inclusive learning environment where students of all abilities including SEN are supported through one platform. Implemented in the classroom and at home, it provides consistent support, that extends beyond the school gates.

Workplus makes it easier for organisations to find apprentices. An online marketplace where companies collaborate and help people take the first or next step in their career.

Movetru is a specialist software that pairs with a user’s device to provide the user with personalised information to enhance performance, prevent injury and aid in injury rehabilitation.

AJEA is ushering in a new era for flood protection. A patented flood protection system that once installed doesn't require any power source or human interaction in order to deploy. It has been designed to be completely autonomous

TrussBuddy is a telescopic balancing tool with a rotatable head used to spread roof trusses. It’s a new and exciting tool that will revolutionize the way rooves are assembled in the construction Industry, in turn making the process more efficient and safe for operatives 

KLAS-PDT Technology is a peptide based non-invasive therapy for metastatic melanoma. It is used alongside current immunotherapies to increase their effectiveness at a reduced cost to both the provider (financially) and user (less toxicity).

eXRt Intellingent HC is a transformational stroke rehabilitation system for improving patient recovery at home by providing engaging virtual reality games that adapt to personal physical therapy needs. 

Púr by Born Maverick Beverages is a unique gluten free, dairy free, plant based Vegan drink which has a high source of iron and calcium. The drink comes in three tasty flavours, is ethically sourced and packaged. 

Stallion Services provides innovative breeding services to equine breeders in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and further afield.

AntennaWare is a new antenna technology that revolutionises wireless communications in wearable IoT, medical and sport applications/devices, by allowing wireless continuous monitoring from sensors in situations where this was previously thought difficult and in some cases impossible.

Safe Student is a tracking bracelet with partnered app to ensure the safety of students on a night out. It allows people to find each other if they get lost or get in an accident.

And teams - if you want to send us a quick 45 second elevator pitch video - we will share it for our audience to see too! We're good like that :)


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Published on: 8th June 2020

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