Businesses announced in shortlist for North East Innovation Awards 2023

05 May 2023

With less than a week to go until day one of VentureFest North East on the 10th May, we have now shortlisted the entries for this year’s Innovation Awards!  

This year saw a return to an open application process, and we have looked through many high-quality applications, all with fantastic demonstration of innovation, to select three businesses for each of the nine categories within the awards. 

Held on the evening of VentureFest North East 2023 at the Boiler Shop, Newcastle on May 10th, the Innovation Awards are set to celebrate the diverse range of inspiring and ground-breaking innovation and innovators based here in the North East. 

We have worked closely with our partners who have expertise in each category to deliberate this year’s entries, including Catax, our headline partner for the awards. 

The businesses and individuals we have shortlisted are innovating in industries from technology and manufacturing to sustainability and energy. Each has demonstrated exceptional talent in their respective fields, and we are delighted that each one has a focus on creating positive economic, environmental and social impact. 

The Innovation of the Year award will be selected from a list of eleven businesses in this year’s Innovation Showcase. Visitors to VentureFest can explore the innovations and play a part in the awards by voting on the day for their favourite!  

View the full list of shortlisted businesses below: 


Delivered in partnership with Catax 

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INNOVATION – supported by Sunderland City Council 

  • Wessington Cryogenics 
  • Transmission Dynamics 
  • CellRev 


DIGITAL INNOVATION – supported by Infotel UK Consulting 

  • Kinewell Energy 
  • Transmission Dynamics 
  • Reveela 


ENERGY INNOVATION – supported by Northern Gas Networks 

  • Kinewell Energy 
  • Solar Capture 
  • Connected Energy 



  • Aelius Biotech 
  • Scuba TX 


SOCIAL INNOVATION – Supported by Believe Housing 

  • Society Matters 
  • Dig Ventures 


SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION – Supported by Northumbrian Water 

  • Kinewell Energy 
  • Chestnut Bio 
  • Genee 


UNIVERSITY SPINOUT – Supported by Northern Accelerator 

  • Nunabio 
  • 3D Bio Tissues 


INCLUSIVE INNOVATION – Supported by British Business Bank 

  • Andy Haddon, Big River Bakery 
  • Helen Aitchison, Write on Tyne 
  • Jessica Nichols, Qrious 


INNOVATION CHAMPION – Supported by North East LEP 

  • Paul Butler, North East Automotive Alliance 
  • Di Gates, Stick Theory 
  • Dylan McKee, Nebula Labs 


INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – Supported by North East BIC Innovation Programme 


Tickets for both days are FREE, book now and explore the full programme: 

VentureFest North East is delivered as part of the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters Project 2021-2023, delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

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