Awards Categories & Entry
Innovation Champion Award

In partnership with CPI

Innovation doesn’t happen by itself, it needs great people and great support systems. Innovation Champion celebrates those individuals going above and beyond their usual role to help support or drive innovation in the region or for their business.

2019 shortlist:
Kate Baucherel
Nigel Watson
Northern Accelerator Team
Northstar Ventures Team
Sue Black

Winner: Northern Accelerator Team
Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award

In partnership with Martel Instruments

In a fast-paced global marketplace, manufacturing firms are under continious pressure to maximise productivity and profits. This award celebrates those regional companies who are saving costs, quickening turnaround or using innovative techniques to become more competitive.

2019 shortlist:
Abfad Limited
Big Purple Productions
Hyperdrive Innovation
Synergy VR

Winner: Adfab Limited
Offshore and Energy Innovation Award

In partnership with ENGIE

Innovation in the offshore and 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.

2019 shortlist:
Connected Energy
Hyperdrive Innovation
New Safety Ltd
Nixon Hire
Qinov8 UK Ltd

Winner: Hyperdrive Innovation
Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Award

In partnership with AHSN

With an ageing society, healthcare innovation is critical to ensure we’re all living healthy active lives for longer. Here we celebrate the innovative products, services and technologies that are shaking things up.

2019 shortlist:
Biosignatures Ltd
Magnitude Biosciences
Your Health & Care

Winner: Your Health & Care
Creative and Digital Innovation Award

In partnership with Jumping Rivers

Another day another new product or platform promising to revolutionise how we do things! This award shines a light on those regional businesses who are truly disrupting business or society with innovative creative or digital solutions.

2019 shortlist:
National Institute for Health Research - Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria
Nine Software
Taxigoat Ltd

Winner: Nine Software
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.

2019 shortlist:
Blue Tokay
Dyman Advanced Materials
Green White Sice
Mistura Informatics
Plastech Innovation
Synergy VR
The Algorithm People
Your Health & Care

Winner: Mistura Informatics
Lifetime Achievement Award

Graham Hillier of CPI won the Lifetime Achievement Award
Idea of the Year

In partnership with RTC North



Winner: Railview

Nominations for 2019’s North East Innovation Awards are now closed. 

Sign up to VentureFest North East to see who will be the winner in each category and to vote for your Idea of the Year champion. 

Idea of the Year Award with RTC North

An additional categorNorth East Innovation Awardsy to this year’s Awards, Idea of the Year has been introduced by partners RTC North. Aimed at businesses with early-stage innovative ideas, all eligible entrants are offered a programme of support and appointed one of RTC North’s experienced business advisors via the Pathways to Innovation programme.

Shortlisted ideas will pitch to a live audience as part of the Awards ceremony. Be sure to get your ticket for the day and vote for your winner!

Applications for this award have now closed. 

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