North East Innovation Awards

The North East Innovation Awards celebrate the diverse range of innovation happening across the region in six categories.

The awards take place at VentureFest North East and demonstrate ground-breaking ideas, products and services in key regional sectors. Working with our partners, we celebrate those businesses making an impact through our Innovation Showcase, which makes up the Awards shortlist each year.

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North East Innovation Awards
2022 winners

Manufacturing Innovation Award

In partnership with SAM Project, University of Sunderland

This award celebrates those regional companies who are saving costs, quickening turnaround or using innovative manufacturing techniques to become more competitive.

WINNER: Cobots Online
Energy and Sustainability Innovation Award

In partnership with Northumbrian Water

Innovation in the energy industry has never been more important. This award celebrates businesses that are positively impacting the environment and sustainability by changing the way we view and use energy.

WINNER: Seabait
Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Award

In partnership with Ward Hadaway

Healthcare innovation is critical to ensuring we're living our happiest, healthiest lives for longer. Here we celebrate the innovative products, services and technologies that are transforming lives one innovation at a time.

WINNER: XR Therapeutics
Creative and Digital Innovation Award

In partnership with Jumping Rivers

This award shines a light on those regional businesses who are truly disrupting business or society with innovative creative or digital solutions.

WINNER: Drone Ag
Social Innovation Award

In partnership with believe housing

Meet the innovators who are changing the word, enriching society and transforming lives through social innovation.

WINNER: Digital Voice for Communities
Innovation of the Year Award

In partnership with North East BIC

Innovation of the Year celebrates the most inspiring and transformative innovation to be demonstrated as part of the VentureFest North East Innovation Showcase. This businesses was voted as winner by delegates on the day.

WINNER: ExplantLab