Start your innovation journey today

If you have a small business idea, no matter how big or small, now is the time to grow it.

Your new idea could change the world. It's time to bring it to life!

Innovate NI's four-step Innovation Framework can help you evaluate your ideas, develop the best ones, test and refine your new products, services, or processes, and get them ready for market. You won't be alone. Our experts are on hand to guide you on each step of the journey.

Simple ideas can lead to significant changes. Just look at Dr Harvey Thatcher, a pharmacist from upstate New York who revolutionised milk delivery in the 1880s. In his day, milk was delivered from the back of a horse-drawn cart, scooped out from open cans. Unfortunately, these cans were often left open to contamination from the dust of the unpaved streets.

Dr Thatcher designed and commercialised the first glass milk bottles and - more importantly - the concept of improving milk hygiene by distributing it in sealed vessels.

Your idea could have just as big an impact. So, follow Dr Thatcher's lead and take your next step.

SJC Hutchinson

You have an idea that the world needs. And you’re ready to bring that idea to life.

This website offers a step-by-step Innovation Framework that will help you develop and evaluate your ideas, test and refine your product or process as you get them ready for market.

And you won’t be alone - our experts will guide and support you every step of your journey.

SJC Hutchinson Engineering used the Framework to create the HanSan 1000. Watch the video to find out how they brought successful innovation to the market during a global health crisis.

Follow their lead and take your next step!

Innovation Assessment

It's easy to take part in the Innovation Accreditation Programme. Simply complete the assessment to discover where you are on the Innovation Framework today.

Innovation isn’t just about new products – it’s about developing new services and processes too. 

Perhaps you are innovating already, but you're not sure how innovative you are or have not told anyone about your innovations? Would you like to learn more about innovation strategy, product development, or ways to improve business efficiency?

Well, now is the time to complete our self-assessment to discover if you have completed any of the steps on the innovation framework. You'll get recognition for your efforts and get direction to progress to the next step, creating value for your business.

After you complete a step on our Innovation Framework, you’ll be awarded a corresponding recognition level (bronze, silver, gold or platinum) so you can share your progress
with the world.

To follow in the footsteps of businesses who are already innovating, read our case studies where Northern Ireland businesses reveal how they followed our innovation management framework to transform their business.

Begin your innovation journey today, from original idea to market success.

For more information, explore the Innovation Framework - a process for ideation, selection, development and commercialisation – and read our innovation case studies.