Author: Hannah Johnson

Invitation to tender: Ref: CI5 Summative Assessment and Project Evaluation Services

In line with latest ERDF guidance published in July 2020, the Innovation SuperNetwork and North East BIC are now seeking tender proposals from highly experienced and qualified suppliers for the provision of the Summative Assessment for the Innovation SuperNetwork programme. Summative assessments are intended to provide insights into the project performance to enhance their implementation, […]

What is design thinking and how can it help your business grow?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that’s swept the world, businesses are being forced to innovate and pivot more than ever before. In order to survive, entrepreneurs and organisations are needing to develop new strategies, reinvent and produce new solutions. Design thinking can help businesses do just that. Our Innovation Manager, Graeme Miller, talked […]

Energy Innovation Challenge Update

The North East Energy Catalyst received a fantastic response to round one of its Energy Innovation Challenge programme, a new initiative designed to support regional SMEs to bring forward solutions to global energy challenges.   The first of three challenges rounds which will be launched up to March 2021 centred on scalable solutions for ‘decentralised and decarbonised energy’. […]

Pitching to investors in four steps: Step two – Prepare to Succeed

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork If you read my first blog in this series, Research your Prospects, you’ll know that preparation is the fundamental starting point of any investor pitch. So now that you know who you’re pitching to, it’s time to take preparation to the next stage, focussing on the key […]

Pitching to investors in four steps: Step one – Research your prospects

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork Welcome to the first in a series of articles designed to help you build the skills and tools you need for successfully pitching to investors. We live in unprecedented times and with a great deal of uncertainty. But for many of us, the show must go on […]

6 Key Takeaways from the ‘Helping North East SMEs with Remote Working’ Webinar

Despite more businesses working remotely than ever before, nobody anticipated most of the world’s businesses needing to go fully virtual. Whether you’re a mostly remote team or a large organisation that only operates on desktop computers, there were few businesses prepared to go fully remote and all situations come with their share of challenges in […]

Innovative North East SMEs Can Access Grants Through GX Project

SMEs looking to drive innovation in the North East will be able to access a new set of grants as part of the GX Project, a legacy of the Great Exhibition of the North. Initially a two-year programme to support innovation and collaboration among North East SMEs, the GX Project awarded 26 grants in 2019 […]

Connecting the Dots to Deliver Innovation in the North East of England

Graham Hillier, former Director of Strategy and Futures at CPI The North East has been a powerhouse of global innovation for the last 150 years. The work done in the region on ship building, steelmaking and chemicals changed the way we live. In recent times we’ve changed direction but continued to drive innovation in the […]

North East innovation network celebrates Award winners at VentureFest North East

Hundreds of businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and experts descended on St James’ Park, Newcastle today (28 November) for VentureFest North East. A series of high-profile national and international speakers and business leaders provided inspiration and practical tools to delegates who gathered at the region’s innovation conference to learn from one another before celebrating success at the […]