Author: Hannah Johnson

The North East creative industries: unleashing the power and potential of creativity.

By Carol Bell OBE Strategic Engagement Lead – Creative England First, an introduction. Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are part of the Creative UK Group. Our purpose is to harness the power of the creative industries to build a fairer and more prosperous world. We champion, convene, support and invest in creative businesses […]

What is innovation?

‘Innovation’ has become one of those buzzwords we love to hate. In fact, I think it’s fair to say it’s become somewhat overused and as such, people don’t really know what the term means anymore, or they misidentify its meaning. The problem is that we mostly hear about big, disruptive innovation. We hear about the […]

How a diverse workplace supports successful innovation

By Fareeha Usman, Equality Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Dynamo North East “Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) give space for accessing better talent and stimulates overall business growth”. When we look at this message, it’s easy to think that we’re perhaps oversimplifying the complexities which come with the development of EDI policies for business, but […]

Capacity, Connectivity and Capability: the 3 Big ‘C’s That Can Help Regional Investment Landscapes Evolve

Jordan Dargue, Head of Access to Finance at Innovation SuperNetwork, says changing economic conditions mean accessing finance for small businesses can be extremely challenging. The economic impact of Covid-19 has certainly had a significant effect on innovation-led and early-stage businesses seeking sustainable funding for the future, as detailed in the UK Business Angel Market 2020 report, […]

Social innovation opportunities in the North East

By Laura Elliot, Membership and Communications Support Officer at VONNE VONNE delivers the Social Innovation Cluster for Innovation SuperNetwork, which involves supporting innovation in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the North East. As a Regional Infrastructure Organisation with over 1,600 members, we’ve got a long history of supporting our sector. Our […]

When attracting equity investment to the North we shouldn’t just level up, we should leapfrog!

By Estelle Blanks, CEO at Innovation SuperNetwork As we are curating the content for our upcoming Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit on 23rd September 2021, we gathered a group of investors from within and outside the North East to discuss specifically how we might better connect, through technology and networks, investors and innovators across our […]

Up to £2m secured by consortium to bring angel investment to North businesses

A consortium led by Sunderland-based North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), has secured up to an additional £2m from Innovate UK to further encourage Business Angels to bring investment and expertise to pioneering innovative small and medium companies across the North.   In 2019, the same consortium, also made up of the Innovation SuperNetwork, NorthInvest and […]

Invitation to quote for an online event platform

To deliver the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit Event date: 22nd or 23rd September 2021 (TBC) Company background The Innovation SuperNetwork offers specialist business support to North East entrepreneurs, start-ups and scales-ups. We connect innovation expertise and market opportunities to help regional SMEs grow. We do this through events, innovation accelerators, Access to Finance programmes, […]

Challenge North East Announced £125K Funding For Top Innovation Ideas

Ground-breaking solutions to the COVID-19 crisis will become reality thanks to the Challenge North East open innovation programme. Challenge North East called on North East SMEs to put forward ideas that could help society recover from the impact of COVID-19. Launched last year by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the challenge attracted entries […]