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Mentoring event signals countdown to the final stages of Northern Ireland Science Park's Invent awards for inventors

By Staff Reporter

Finalists in the Northern Ireland Science Park's Invent awards are now facing the later stages of the competition.

The 12 start-ups and inventors have taken part in a mentoring event, hosted in Deloitte Digital's innovation labs in the Gasworks and supported by law firm Tughans. This year's competition attracted 100 entries across the categories of agri-science, engineering, life and health, electronics, enterprise software and creative media and consumer internet.

There is a £33,000 prize fund up for grabs at the close of the competition.

Point Energy, finalist in the electronics category, was among the finalists taking part in the mentoring day.

It gives companies the analytic capability to improve the efficiency of factories.

Founder Joe Devlin said: "The quality of mentoring provided at the workshop was invaluable as we prepare for the Invent final panel and continue to drive the business forward.

"It really was a perfect combination of business experience together with investor insights and legal guidance."

Steve Orr, the director of NISP Connect, said the mentoring day was a major part of the Invent competition.

"We have an incredible talent pool and we continue to leverage our networks to connect our most experienced people with our most promising, to accelerate their success," he said.

The Invent awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK, take place at the Belfast Waterfront on September 29. More than 600 investors, entrepreneurs, executives and top research scientists will attend.

Last year's competition was won by Sean and Leona McAllister of cemetery mapping firm Plotbox.

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