With the government white paper on levelling up now published, national focus on Britain’s regions presents an opportunity for the North East to seize a number of opportunities aligned with national innovation policy. Job creation and economic growth are dependent on maximizing our innovation assets and attracting private sector-investment, as well as in the deployment of public funds.
The session will be chaired by the Innovation SuperNetwork’s CEO, Estelle Blanks and will include panellists from national and regional organisations responsible for implementing national policy and delivering against local priorities. It will open with a speech by Henna Bains, a Mathematics and Engineering researcher who focuses on energy systems and handling uncertainty. In her work, Henna has developed a software tool for offshore wind planning and is now working towards bringing this innovation to a commercial environment. As an entrepreneur innovating in one of the North East’s priority sectors, we’ll ask our panel to consider the needs of similar innovators and discuss how the region can maximise the opportunities on offer.