With well over 1,000 companies, from indigenous SMEs to large international businesses, Northern Ireland has a strong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. However, there is also a real opportunity to build on its present capability in a range of areas such software engineering, data analytics, networks, financial software, connected health, sensors and cyber security. A strong collaborative approach may accelerate this growth.

Why attend

At this event, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, you will find out what the challenges are in delivering solutions to clients with increasing demands for new and innovative solutions. Come and find out about the range of funding available for businesses and their collaborators. You will also get practical support and advice on how you can increase your chances of success in leveraging funding in competitive bids.

The programme features:

  • Innovation funding guidance from Invest NI and Innovate UK
  • Industry case study
  • Opportunity to pitch your expertise or seek collaborative partners
  • Opportunity for 1-1 sessions with expert advisors
  • Solution providers will be available for practical advice
  • Masterclass: A guide to writing applications for R&D funding across all sectors
  • Opportunities to network with potential partners or new suppliers

The expert advisors will be made up of representatives Invest NI, the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK.



08:30 Registration and Networking Breakfast
09:00 Welcome and Overview of Support: Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI and Lorraine Acheson, Innovate UK for Northern Ireland
09:55 Case Study: BrainWaveBank Ltd, Ronan Cunningham
10:15 The Digital Catapult: Innovation through Digital Technologies: Adrian Johnston, Director Digital Catapult NI
10:55 Networking Break
11:15 Panel Session: George McKinney, Invest NI, David Sinclair, Yelo, Philip McAleese, See Sense and Liam McQuillan, Liopa
12:00 Masterclass: A guide to writing applications for R&D Funding – Stephen McComb, Knowledge Transfer Network
13:00 Closing Remarks & Networking Lunch

Note: This event is brought to you by Invest Northern Ireland in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK. Please note that by registering for this event you are agreeing to sharing your information with these partners to facilitate the event and to contact you after the event.

If you have already registered for this event, you can view your registration details from the Booked Events page

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Titanic Belfast

Olympic Way,

Queens Road,

Titanic Quarter,


United Kingdom