Innovate NI Turning Ideas into Value

Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, driving competitiveness and ensuring continued growth and profitability. But starting your innovation journey can be challenging and many businesses don’t know where to get the necessary advice and support to help them turn their idea into that all important value within the business.

This is where Innovate NI can help. Established in 2020 by the Department for the Economy, Innovate NI supports Northern Ireland businesses, helping them to access the right financial support and provides practical advice to help progress their innovative ideas along the innovation framework. Over 1500 businesses have now been supported through the Innovate NI programme.

The innovation framework is a four-stage innovation road map aligned to key actives that businesses must undertake to maximise their chances of innovation success. Innovate NI helps business navigate the four stages of the framework and provides formal recognition to businesses as they successfully reach each stage.

The Innovate NI programme is open to all business, no matter their size, sector, or stage of growth. The programme is delivered by Invest NI in partnership with key stakeholders from across Northern Ireland, including councils and colleges and is closely aligned to many other innovation support programmes such as Innovate US, Connected and Innovation Vouchers.    

How do companies get in touch for help?

To start the process all you need to do is complete the innovation assessment at

This free online assessment takes less than fifteen minutes to complete – Innovate NI advisors will review the information you provide, map your current innovation activities against the framework, and provide you with the necessary advice and support to help you successfully  implement or commercialise your project or idea.

Depending on where your activities are mapped on the framework, you may receive an innovation recognition certificate from the Department for the Economy, and you’ll also receive recognition as you progress through the steps in the future.

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