• Steering Team
  • Neasa Quigley Carson McDowell
  • Eddie Friel Ulster University
  • Richard Fulton Mills Selig


NISP CONNECT and BizCamp Belfast’s unConference Results

The results are in, IdeaFest unConference was a success! Below are links to the notes from each session. Now let’s #brandnorniron


IdeaFest Background

What’s stopping you from being a successful start-up?



Market access & sales

Turning a public sector culture to private

Industry academia collaboration

Industry clusters and communication

What’s it going to take to create a stream of unstoppable start-ups?


An open unconference to build a community driven solutions to turn Northern Ireland into a start-up powerhouse was held on Friday 3rd February at The Northern Ireland Science Park, Pump-House & Visitor Centre.

NISP CONNECT, in association with BizCamp Belfast wanted to hear ideas on the key initiatives that could dramatically improve the success rate of science and tech entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.

The outcomes of the Ideafest will be used in developing the NISP CONNECT Manifesto.


A big thank you to our theme leaders:

Brian McKimm, Director at Feranna Investments

Ben Bland, Social Media and Digital Consultant

Tim Brundle, University of Ulster

Eoin McFadden, Innovation Policy Unit at DETI

Philip Stanfield, SLA Mobile

Frank Bryan, QUBIS