Innovation City Belfast

Belfast is a city of creators and inventors.
Innovation is in our DNA.

Our city is home to a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, start-ups, IDEs and enterprises benefiting from the world-leading research activities of our two universities, and the city’s status as the most digitally connected place in the UK. Such ingredients make Belfast a great place to nurture new ideas, to grow businesses, and to solve urban challenges for the benefit of its citizens.

Innovation City Belfast is committed to harnessing these and our many other strengths, to grow the city’s proposition as a globally significant location to invest in innovation.

The partnership is made up of the leaders of Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Belfast Met, Catalyst, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, with Invest Northern Ireland as an advisory partner.

ICB is particularly committed to maximising the impact of the Belfast Region City Deal’s forthcoming investments in five new university innovation centres and its £120 million digital innovation programme.

Our vision

Belfast is a place where global excellence in innovation supports inclusive economic growth, delivers more and better jobs, and has a sustainable positive impact on our city, its citizens and the wider region.

“Over the next decade, innovative technologies will have a profound impact on our economy and on society. With Belfast’s proud history of research excellence, vibrant community of innovators and start-ups, and significant investment through the Belfast Region City Deal, the city is perfectly positioned to make the most of opportunities presented by innovation – not least by creating more and better jobs and improving quality of life.”

Our priorities

  • Attract public and private sector investment
  • Maximise the societal and economic impact of our innovation ecosystem
  • Foster public-private collaborations
  • Enhance and leverage our digital Infrastructure
  • Grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Nurture a responsive public policy environment

Latest news

Job opportunity: Belfast Innovation Commissioner

Innovation City Belfast is seeking a new Belfast Innovation Commissioner to drive innovation and attract investment in the city and region. The closing date for applications is 12 noon BST on Tuesday 4 June 2024.

More information

Belfast and South Korean city of Sejong become innovation twins

Belfast has signed an Innovation Twins Roadmap with the South Korean city, Sejong to collaborate on research, business and projects that harness urban innovation to support growth in their respective regions.

More information

Belfast region secures £3.8m in wireless innovation funding and becomes 5G Innovation Region

The Belfast region, led by Belfast City Council, has secured £3.8 million wireless innovation funding from the UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology to deliver an exciting range of innovative projects powered by 5G.

More information

Business leaders connected to a decade of £1 billion Belfast Region City Deal opportunities

The transformative programme of investment is creating valuable opportunities for Belfast and the regional economy.

More information

Belfast Lord Mayor welcomes South Korean Ambassador to Belfast City Hall ahead of Sejong trade visit

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Ryan Murphy, welcomed South Korean Ambassador Yoon to Belfast City Hall on his first visit to the Belfast city region ahead of a trade mission to Sejong to progress collaboration and formally commit to an Innovation Twins Roadmap to support bi-lateral trade and research and innovation.

More information

Belfast harnesses innovation to deliver urban transformation

Belfast City Council has announced proposals for a Smart District that will harness digital innovation to support the transformation of Belfast city centre. The Smart District is one of several initiatives in the council’s new Smart Belfast Urban Innovation Framework.

More information

NI’s first self-driving shuttle service is coming to Belfast Harbour Estate

One of the first fully driverless transport systems anywhere in the UK is to be launched in Belfast in 2024 as part of an innovative project led by Belfast Harbour with funding from Innovate UK.

More information