Author: Shelley Armstrong

Collaboration king in challenge to overcome innovation funding gap

A round up of the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit. By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director It’s been months in the planning, but this week we delivered the first Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit, bringing together panelists from across the globe to discuss how to support more investment in innovation. Here in the North East, this […]

Virtual Accelerator tackles Climate Emergency and the impact of Coronavirus

The Innovation SuperNetwork has launched a new accelerator programme in response to the impact of Coronavirus on climate change. The accelerator seeks to bring solutions to market that will support the region’s commitment to tackling the long-lasting damage of climate change to people, communities and the economy against the backdrop of COVID-19. Informed by results […]

Climate Change after COVID-19: What does it mean for the North East?’

By Simon Green, CEO – Innovation SuperNetwork Climate Change has been called the biggest threat to the human race, with governments globally declaring a climate emergency.  With the onset of Coronavirus, concerns have arisen that any gains in carbon emission reduction might increase as the world returns to work. Considered a threat across societies, demographic groups […]

Spiders’ webs and neurons

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork The ENGIE Innovation Showcase a real-life analogy to innovation ecosystems in action. When I was preparing for my keynote speech for the ENGIE Innovation Showcase, I looked for clever ways to explain Innovation Ecosystems. So, when ENGIE descended on the Newcastle Helix on 19th June as part […]

Talent Acquisition and Retention – Critical for a successful business

By Ben Gilhespy, Operations Director at Engineering & Manufacturing Network. We hear a tremendous amount of positivity in the press around low unemployment figures and in reality, its true. Whilst the North East is currently seeing slightly higher unemployment than the national average we are still at very low levels, and recognise that it’s impossible […]

Invitation to tender: event app, check-in and tracking support

The Innovation SuperNetwork is seeking support in developing two event delivery solutions. Lot one is for the development of an interactive app to support the delivery of VentureFest North East until 2021, and potentially other Innovation SuperNetwork (FinanceCamp North East) and Edge Innovation ltd (VentureFest Tees Valley) events. Lot two seeks provision for on-site delegate […]

What does the NWG Innovation Festival have in store for 2019?

By Nigel Watson, NWG Group Information Services Director With Northumbrian Water’s biggest ever Innovation Festival only two weeks away the festival founder and creator Nigel Watson shares his thoughts on how it’s shaping up. Here at NWG we are hurtling inexorably towards our third Innovation Festival at an alarming, and quite unbelievable rate.  It’s only […]

Celebrating the boring; a pragmatic approach to growth and investment

By Simon Green, CEO Innovation SuperNetwork Last week, I was part of a panel discussion at the Connected Investing event run by UK Business Angels Association and Innovate UK. The panel, which was expertly hosted by James Bedford from Tech Nation, highlighted some important points that I think are worth sharing more widely. Conversations about […]