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Innovation is implementing new ideas to deliver value.

It’s not just about inventing new products, or developing a service. It could be about finding new ways to increase business efficiency, changing your business model or adapting to changing in the marketplace. Innovation will deliver significant benefits. It can help your business solve problems, increase market share, improve competitiveness and become more successful.

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What is Innovate NI?

Innovate NI is a Department for the Economy initiative, delivered by Invest Northern Ireland in partnership with local councils and further education colleges.

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What is innovation?

Innovation is for all kinds of businesses and takes many forms.

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Why innovate?

Businesses must innovate to adapt, survive and thrive in a competitive market place.

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Innovation levels

We have identified four innovation levels to represent a businesses innovation achievements. 

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Innovation guidance

We have curated content from a range of partners to help businesses to start thinking about innovating, beginning to innovate or to keep innovating.

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.

Events

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.