What is innovation?

Innovation is creating value from ideas, and Northern Ireland has always been good at that!

We invented chocolate milk, the portable defibrillator and the pneumatic tyre, and we’re still innovating today. Local companies are competing globally with new business ideas like non-contact digital thermometers, nitrite-free bacon and intelligent bike lights. 

On this website you will find all the advice and support your business needs to create new products or services, attract the best talent and stay ahead of the competition to create real value for your business.

Find out more

Thinking about innovating

Lots of local businesses are innovating - Finnebrogue from Co. Down developed Naked Bacon, a nitrite-free bacon which is better for you.

Find out about the advantages and common approaches to innovation to help you develop new products and services.

Beginning to innovate

Have you got an idea? Are you unsure about how to develop it in a cost effective and systematic way? Finn Lough Resort faced these same issues when developing their holiday accommodation.

Learn how to develop an innovation strategy to manage the innovation process, and grow your business just like they did.

Keep innovating

Belfast based Sensoteq helps companies achieve efficiency using their innovative wireless machine sensors; implement an innovative business model to give your business a competitive edge.

Reach our to established innovation networks to capitalise on your success and develop an innovative business model.


Support Finder

Get advice and support

The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of assistance.


Ignite NI Propel Pre-Accelerator Showcase

The Propel Pre-Accelerator helps 20 Northern Irish early stage companies start and launch their business. It is run by Ignite Northern Ireland and supported by Invest Northern Ireland.

Women in Innovation seminar: What we need to know about Innovation

At this event, you will learn what companies should do in terms of innovation, the best route to succeed, and existing opportunities for women innovators.

COVID-19 Response Webinar Series | How design can shape your business response to the Covid-19 crisis

As we enter a new phase of the Covid-19 crisis businesses are looking at ways to adapt, remodel and relaunch their operations and to keep their employees and customers safe at the same time. A Design Thinking mindset is a practical approach that can help us pivot to meet customer and staff needs, innovate quickly and be more responsive in a changing world.

ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter: Supply Chain Collaboration Workshops

KTN and Innovate UK are hosting a series of online webinar workshops with industry experts to help explore the opportunities for using digital solutions to improve and re-engineer existing manufacturing supply chains and design new supply chain solutions. Dates: 10 Jul - Pharma | 16 Jul - General | 21 Jul Food & Drink | 31 Jul - Aerospace & Automotive.