Newtownabbey inventor in running for award

Johnathan Dalzell with Julie Ann O'Hare from Bank of Ireland. INNT-22-712-con
Johnathan Dalzell with Julie Ann O'Hare from Bank of Ireland. INNT-22-712-con

An invention by a local man which could revolutionise the agri-food industry has been recognised as one of the Province’s best new innovations.

Newtownabbey resident Johnathan Dalzell has been announced as a finalist in the Northern Ireland Science Park’s INVENT 2015 competition, after pitching to an audience of over 200 people under the scrutiny of an international judging panel at the dynamic “Quick Pitch” event inBelfast’s W5.

Johnathan’s NextGen Biopesticides invention uses selective breeding to develop more effective organic biopesticides.

Johnathan commented: “I’m delighted to have made it to the Top 12 this year after being named as the winner of the Agri-Food category last year with a different innovation.

“Pests are a £100 billion problem across the globe. We would like to get our field trials done, we would like to start mass producing the nematodes and we would like to start distributing the product. “We know this process will undoubtedly help us to do that.”

At the competition, 24 companies delivered a three minute pitch before facing questions from the judges to make it through to the final 12.

At stake is a position on the NI Tech Mission to California and a chance to compete for a share of the £33,000 prize fund, as well as mentoring, networking and business development through the Northern Ireland Science Park’s NISP CONNECT.

OrganiserPeter Edgar of the Science Park explained: “Quick Pitch is the semi-final stage of INVENT, which is all about telling the story of a breakthrough idea which has the potential to change an industry or solve a global problem which can make people’s lives better.”

INVENT 2015 received 82 entries across 6 categories of; Agri-Food, Creative Media and Consumer Internet, Electronics, Enterprise Software, Life and Health.

The Top 12 contestants will now begin a six-month process supported by NISP CONNECT, which will see their inventions challenged and refined by some of the best mentors and advisors in the NI science, tech and business worlds.

The climax of the competition is the INVENT Awards on October 8, when over 600 investors, entrepreneurs, executives, top research scientists, professional services leaders and elected officials will gather at Titanic Belfast to hear the winners. Tickets are on sale at www.invent2015.co

For more information, visit www.invent2015.co.