About the Innovation SuperNetwork







North East England is home to impressive businesses and incredible talent. The Innovation SuperNetwork is finding ways to pool this expertise to make the region even stronger.

Our sole purpose is to make connections to benefit businesses in the area. By providing bespoke innovation support to small and medium sized enterprise in the North East LEP area, we are building an innovation ecosystem to support business resilience and sustainability in the region.

Our mission is to:

  • Boost innovation in the North East.
  • Help North East businesses bring innovative new products and services to market.
  • Bring innovative businesses and innovation finance together.
  • Grow the region’s innovation ecosystem.
  • Create the space for fresh ideas to be explored with activity including VentureFest North East and open Innovation Challenge.

Watch how the Innovation Ecosystem came together at VentureFest North East 2021

Supported by Partner organisations and delivering projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the SuperNetwork has strategic alignment to the North East LEP. We exist to increase collaboration between the region’s business community to enhance innovation and share best practice.

We do this in part by funding innovation expertise in five of the region’s key clusters. Working in such close collaboration allows each of our clusters to pool skills, knowledge and resources as well as forming new relationships and networks. This plays a key role in supporting local SMEs to grow through innovation.

Our clusters

Through our ERDF supported project, we work with clusters in five of the region’s key sectors. We have a team of experienced Innovation Mangers in each cluster who provide sector expertise to SMEs.

Dynamo North East

Digital & Tech


Process Innovation & Manufacturing

North East Energy Catalyst


Academic Health Science Network North East (AHSN)

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE)

Voluntary, Charity & Social Enterprise

Celebrating our Success


Case studies

Blog posts

We also support a number of other complimentary innovation projects across the North East region.
You can learn more about these below:

Rural Design Centre

Challenge North East