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04 July 2019
By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork
The ENGIE Innovation Showcase a real-life analogy to innovation ecosystem 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 of their Innovation Week, it became very clear to me that the best analogy was what was happening right before our eyes: people, ideas and solutions coming together to address innovation challenges. So what made the day so special?
The theme of the event was “connected places”.
As Steve Caughey (Director, National Innovation Centre for Data) eloquently highlighted in his keynote speech, the event location – Newcastle Helix – is symbolic of past, present and future innovation in Newcastle and the North East. The result of over a decade of partnership working between the public, private and education sectors. ENGIE’s presence on the site through this event, but also their work on the low carbon district through a 40-year partnership deal, means the Helix will provide an innovation hotbed for years to come.
Connections was central to the event, and the partnership between the Innovation SuperNetwork and ENGIE actively demonstrates the importance of networks for a healthy innovation ecosystem.
The event itself illustrated this very well:
So, in the end, there was no need for clever analogies to explain what successful innovation ecosystems look like. It was visible for all to see at the ENGIE Innovation Week real time, live and in action!
But don’t take my word for it, the video produced by ENGIE highlights all of this really well.
Credit to Nicola Lovett (CEO, ENGIE UK&Ireland), Ben Watts (Innovation and Solutions Director) and Holly Stockbridge (Innovation Manager) for making this happen. We, at the SuperNetwork, are looking forward to our ongoing partnership and helping you make connections in the North East of England.
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