Awards Categories & Entry

The North East Innovation Awards celebrate businesses the region who are doing things differently, brimming with ground-breaking ideas or making an impact.

Take a look at our 2021 shortlist below. See who will be crowned winners at the North East Innovation Awards, being held virtually at VentureFest North East on 17th March 2021. Delegates at the event will also be able to vote for their winner for the Innovation of the Year Award.

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award

In partnership with SAM Project, University of Sunderland

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

2021 shortlist:
OGEL
Power Roll
Rapid Fluidics
Energy Innovation Award

In partnership with Siemens

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.

2021 shortlist:
Axon Systems
DLAW Contractors
OtaskiES
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.

2021 shortlist:
Protein Pod
QuantuMDx
ScubaTx
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.

2021 shortlist:
Bottlepay
Settld
Wordnerds
Social Enterprise Innovation Award

In partnership with Karbon Homes

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

2021 shortlist:
Climate Action North
Global Teacher
Special iApps
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.

2021 shortlist:
Axon Systems
Bottlepay
Climate Action North
DLAW Contractors
Global Teacher
OGEL
OtaskiES
Power Roll
Protein Pod
QuantuMDx
Rapid Fluidics
ScubaTx
Settld
Special iApps
Wordnerds
Partners