Some of Northern Ireland’s leading technology entrepreneurs and investors have come together for the highly anticipated “Mentor Day” as part of the prestigious Northern Ireland Science Park CONNECT INVENT 2014 competition sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
The 12 finalists were given the chance to put their business models to the test and deliver a presentation to an expert panel of judges. For the first time ever, participants also had the opportunity to meet with legal experts from Tughans Solicitors Belfast to tackle issues such as patent, copyright and licencing negotiation.
The 12 finalists are competing across 6 categories- Agri-Food, Engineering, Life and Health, Electronics, Enterprise Software and Creative Media & Consumer Internet- to turn their innovative ideas into viable businesses.
The winner will be announced on 2 October at the INVENT 2014 Gala Awards at Titanic, Belfast. Finalist Greg Maguire from Inlifesize was joined by Steve Orr, Director of NISP CONNECT; Vicky Dummigan of Tughans; and Tom Griffiths from Brand N.I.
Kerry McCorkell, Tughans Director in Contracts and Technology, said “In the exciting environment of delivering new technology and creating inventions it’s all too easy to forget the importance of protecting those unique ideas. It’s even more challenging to keep up to date with all the ever changing legislation pertaining to starting, growing and exiting a business.
INVENT 2014 are to be congratulated for including the role of Intellectual Property Rights in today’s agenda which will certainly stand these outstanding inventors in good stead for future businesssuccess.” For more information, visit www.invent2014.co