Category: Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Final call for €5,000 worth of support available to SMEs in the North East

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork. The latest opportunity from the Open Innovation 2.0LAB (OI2.0LAB) is an open call for SMEs in the North East to access cutting-edge support and guidance to help them innovate and businesses have just one more week left to apply. Successful applicants will receive a €5,000 voucher that […]

Don’t Panic. Plan: How to navigate challenging economic and political times

Chief Executive at TEDCO Business Support, Carole White Anyone who has ever attempted to run a business knows that life as an entrepreneur is rarely smooth sailing. Setbacks and scares are all part of the process, especially during times when the economic and political landscape are, shall we say, turbulent. Dealing with periods of uncertainty […]