Making Connections

COVID-19 Update: Though the team are working remotely, our support, insight and expertise is still available to North East businesses and entrepreneurs. Explore how we can help you during this time.

The Innovation SuperNetwork is a ‘network of networks’

We bring together over 50 partners and 5000+ businesses to generate fresh ideas, new market opportunities, knowledge and money to support North East SMEs.

Together North East England is rising to the challenge.

Current Projects:
Connecting Business & Finance

Our Access to Finance programme has a number of tools, workshops and opportunities to help innovative businesses secure innovative funding. We work with a network of national and local investors to support North East businesses and entrepreneurs in securing equity finance and other funding opportunities.
Innovation Challenge

We help solve business challenges with North East talent. All organisations come across problems they can’t fix from time to time. We use our network and connections to identify innovative technologies and the talent and services of regional companies to provide solutions.
VentureFest North East

Wednesday 17th March 2021

VentureFest North East is a day dedicated to helping innovative North East businesses grow. The free event welcomes over 800 delegates to St James' Park and is a jam packed day of inspirational speakers, practical workshops, funding opportunities and countless connections.
Innovation Grants

If you're a North East business looking for funding to help take your innovative business idea, product or service to the next level there are a number of innovation grants available to you. This includes those on offer from our partners.
Innovation Clusters

We're working in close collaboration with seven leading North East clusters who are embedding innovation in some of the region's key sectors. These partnerships allow us to pool skills, knowledge and resources to offer North East companies new opportunities and help the regional economy grow.

Despite not being able to deliver our usual calendar of live innovation events due to COVID-19, we're collaborating with our partners to deliver a range of webinars that cover a wide variety of topics designed to help North East businesses grow. Find upcoming webinars and view previous ones here.
European Regional Development Fund  (ERDF)
The Innovation SuperNetwork is the brand of a project part-funded  by the European Regional Development Fund: Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters, which is receiving up to £1.24m of ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Covenant banner, Innovation SuperNetwork

The Innovation SuperNetwork commits to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and supporting the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.