Author: Hannah Johnson

Partner Spotlight with Horizon Works’ Managing Director, Samantha Vassallo

What does your business have planned in the next 12 months? The next 12 months are looking busy for Horizon Works. Our business focus is on working with innovators from complex industries – from life sciences, game changers and emerging tech disruptors to global engineering giants. We will continue to help these visionary businesses to market […]

Newcastle University born business ‘Atelerix’ secures hefty £425,574 investment

A business at the forefront of cell preservation with aims to revolutionise the way we store, and transport cells and tissues has raised £425,574 in investment.      Atelerix was spun out of Newcastle University in 2017 by three co-founders, Professor Che Connon, Dr Steve Swioklo and Dr Mick McLean. The conventional freezing and thawing of cells […]

Alnwick AgriTech firm secures more than £350,000 in innovation investments

A Northumberland-based AgriTech firm has secured a six-figure investment and received innovation grant funding to transform how farmers and rural landowners manage their assets. Drone Ag established its business delivering aerial crop scouting, spraying, and mapping using drones and smart data-analytics and has gone on to secure a mix of Innovation funding to expand their […]

Partner Spotlight with Damien Charlton, Partner at Ward Hadaway.

This month we spoke to Damien Charlton, Partner at Ward Hadaway about his role, plans for the year ahead and how his team stay focused. What does your business have planned in the next 12 months? We are a business centred on strong relationships, so like many people we are looking forward to being able to […]

Newcastle entrepreneur secures six figure investment to create “Safest Dating App in the World”

A Newcastle-based entrepreneur with ambitions to disrupt the online dating industry has raised £225,000 in a bid to create a dating platform with user safety at its heart.  Safer Date was founded by Elaine Parker following a harrowing online dating experience that spiralled out of control with a man that had a long history of […]

Innovation Manager

North East England Fixed-term contract, initially to June 2023 with possibility of extension £40,000 per year pro rata plus pension Full time (with flexible and part time working options) The Rural Design Centre is a unique, nationally-significant initiative, using design thinking to improve the lot of rural communities. Supported by a wide range of organisations […]

Building an Investment Ecosystem: What did we learn at the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit?

Estelle Blanks, CEO, Innovation SuperNetwork Over the last several years, we’ve worked hard at the Innovation SuperNetwork to develop an Access to Finance Programme which supports regional businesses to secure the innovation funding they need to realise their business ambitions.    We’ve seen much success in helping businesses, including ParkingPerx, Rarecan, Dyman, Power Roll and many more develop connections, raise finance and […]

Invitation to tender: venue and associated services for VentureFest North East 2022 & 2023

The event will be delivered hybrid and services required include a suitable venue, catering, audio visual and associated services. This Invitation to tender covers preference to provide services for two VentureFest events to take place in 2022 and 2023. The confirmed date for VentureFest 2022 is Wednesday 30th March 2022, therefore availability on that date […]

Why northern Health and Life Sciences?

It was a real pleasure to be invited to be part of this year’s Investment Summit, and to highlight some of the reasons why investors should take a closer look at the investment opportunities health and life sciences present. The sector offers a wealth of opportunities, with innovative ideas and research breakthroughs regularly spawning spin […]

Showcasing our regional innovation and demonstration capabilities

The energy sector in North East England is one of the region’s biggest growth industries and has a pivotal role to play in delivering the government’s Green Industrial Revolution, which aims to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, many of which will be here in the North East. Against […]