‘CONNECT INVENT’ Competition 2014

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid, form five, who has been shortlisted in the Northern Ireland Science Park’s CONNECT INVENT 2014 competition, a prestigious search to find the new heroes of invention across six sectors: Creative Media and Consumer Internet; Agri-Food; Life & Health; Engineering; Electronics and Enterprise Software.

An unprecedented 92 entries were put forward this year - more than triple the number in 2013, from which 24 entrants, including Gareth, will be required to deliver a three minute “pitch” presentation to a panel of business experts at W5 on Tuesday 27th May 2014. 

Following this the 24 entrants will be whittled down to 12 finalists who will be in the running for part of a £33,000 prize and the chance to turn their idea into a global business.  Before this, however, they will be required to take part in a unique six month programme which will see their ideas challenged, refined and cultivated in order to launch a successful start-up business.  Finalists will then pitch their business plans to a panel of experts in September and the winner will be announced at a Gala Awards showcase in Belfast on 2nd October 2014.

Gareth’s company, “Write to Read”, has developed a new application hosting a specially designed font to improve the comprehension and retention of words that a person with dyslexia reads. The app. allows users to take a photo of text, which they otherwise would struggle to read, and converts it into the special font, displaying it on screen on a cream background.

Julie Ann O’Hare, Business Banking Director at Bank of Ireland UK – sponsor’s of this year’s event, commented:

“The quality and volume of entrants for INVENT 2014 has been fantastic. It clearly demonstrates the wealth of innovative talent that exists in Northern Ireland with real potential to contribute to economic prosperity. We are delighted to play our part in mentoring, challenging and supporting the finalists as they progress through the programme. Bank of Ireland UK believes that the programme continues to deliver real benefits in developing the commercialisation of these inventions.”

Gareth’s app. is a truly original and ingenious innovation and will surely make him a strong contender when the 24 selected entrants pitch their ideas at the end of May.  All at Grosvenor wish Gareth the best of luck at this event and hope that success in the competition will give his invention the global platform that it truly deserves.


Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid who has reached the final 24 of the N.I. Science Park's 'CONNECT INVENT' competition 2014 thanks to his innovative "Write to Read' application design.