Awards Categories & Shortlist

In 2018, we teamed up with some of our partners to find some of the region’s most innovative and disruptive businesses for the North East Innovation Awards.

The winners were announced as part of the 2018 VentureFest North East programme. Take a look below at the 2018 shortlist and winners.

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Innovation Champion – in partnership with Haines Watts

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.


  • Imran Ahmed, Katherine Ashby, Kim Hinshaw and Deepali Varma
    (Innovation Department, City Hospitals Sunderland)
  • Ellisha Hay
  • Roy Sandbach
  • Mike Trenell
  • Andrew Turner

Winner: Roy Sandbach

Manufacturing Innovation Award – in partnership with Reece Innovation

In a fast-paced global marketplace, manufacturing firms are under continues 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.


  • Bignall Group
  • Houghton International
  • Martel Instruments
  • Mexar
  • Transmission Dynamics

Winner: Mexar

Energy Innovation Award – in partnership with Engie

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


  • Connected Energy
  • DC Reclamation
  • Equiwatt
  • One Utility Bill
  • Power Roll

Winner: Power Roll

Healthcare Innovation Award – in partnership with CPI

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.


  • Biosignatures
  • HistoCyte Laboratories Ltd
  • Kromek
  • Reminiscience
  • The Punjab Kitchen Ltd

Winner: HistoCyte Laboratories Ltd

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 new digital solutions that make the most of the latest technology.


  • City Web Consultants
  • Ctrl Hub
  • Geek Talent
  • Oak Intranet
  • ZeroLight

Winner: Geek Talent

Innovation of the Year: Delegates’ Choice – in partnership with the North East BIC

Delegates will have a chance to vote on the day at VentureFest North East for which of the Innovation Showcase finalists they think demonstrates the most inspiring and transformative idea.

Category Partners