Take a look through our events calendar to see upcoming North East events designed to help your business grow from the Innovation SuperNetwork and its partners.

COVID-19 Update

The Innovation SuperNetwork is following Government advice throughout COVID-19 and as a result are not holding any physical events at the moment. However, we remain committed to supporting North East businesses and are hosting webinars on a variety of topics to help. You can watch them here.

We continue to update our event calendar below with upcoming webinars that we think will benefit North East businesses.

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  • How to innovate through change and uncertainty
    10:00 -12:00
    With the pandemic situation unlikely to go away in the near future, many organisations are looking to not simply innovate in order to cope, but to take this as an opportunity to re think their service provision. This workshop will help organisations shape their ‘new normal’ in an innovative manner.

    Join VONNE and innovation expert Michael Coates, MD of Protostar, for this free webinar.

    We will cover:

    • Background to why innovation and change is likely to be the only option for many organisations.
    • How this could present opportunities if handled correctly.
    • How both innovative thinking and lean thinking can help drive required changes.
    • The need for a flexible and innovative business model.
    • Introduction to a tool called FMEA, which is a similar to a risk assessment. Essentially it helps you identify what could conceivably happen if you make a change, and then rate the level of impact and whether you currently have anything in place to mitigate it.
    • Basics of change management.
    • Identify what is stopping organisations from changing or being innovative and how might you overcome that.

    We will then discuss next steps i.e how might you take some of the ideas presented during the workshop and utilise them.

    We will also cover opportunities to receive 1-1 coaching to help get your innovative ideas off the ground.

    This webinar is free to Small and Medium Enterprises working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and has been created to help support business innovation.

  • Overview of Medical Devices Regulation and the Challenges Ahead
    14:00 -15:30

    The aim of the event is designed to provide SMEs with an understanding of the Medical Device Regulation/In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulations (IVDR).


    Alison Bray, Lead Clinical Scientist, Medical Device Development Service, Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will provide an understanding of the Medical Device Regulation/In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulations (IVDR)

    Alison has worked within Medical Physics at Newcastle Hospitals for the last 10 years on various research and development projects in the field of novel medical devices. Since November 2019 she has led the Medical Device Development Service with a view to implementing a quality system according to ISO 13485.

    Dr. Tom Beale CPhys, Commercial Development Manager – Medtech from CPI will share insights on developing medical devices for manufacture and commercialisation within a regulated environment.

    Tom leads the Medtech offering at CPI. He has extensive experience in assisting companies in developing medical devices for clinical use, from regulatory compliance to product development and device adoption. Tom joined the NHS within clinical engineering – designing and developing diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices for commercial exploitation, and providing guidance for regulatory compliance.

  • Future Forward: UKBAA Investment Summit
    All day

    UKBAA’s Future Forward is returning for another year on 24 – 26 November and this time they are bringing you 3 days of curated events highlighting some of the year’s most important trends and opportunities for the future. This year’s event will focus on three key topics:

    Future of Finance – How to address the equity gap across the UK as we look to economic recovery.

    Investing in Diversity – A look at the challenges for women in investment as well as founders from underrepresented groups.

    Connected Investing – A deep dive into key regions in the UK and a look at the importance of creating a connected finance ecosystem for the UK regions.

    Join the series of panels, roundtables and keynotes from leading players across the investment ecosystem and explore these major issues for the investment market.

    We are delighted to offer you an exclusive free ticket to the event. Just use code superfoc at checkout:

  • Strategically thinking the unthinkable: Planning for the future and delivering your mission
    09:30 -11:00

    We all know difficult times are here and will be sticking around for a while. The future is uncertain for many organisations.  We also know that charities and the people within them are passionate about their mission and delivering their services to the people who need them.

    This event will look at how your strategic planning should include thinking boldly about the unthinkable – including discussions on why and how organisations shrink, collaboration and mergers, and closures – and why these are important topics to consider, even if you do not need or choose to take this action, whilst always keeping your mission and people centred.

    VONNE will be joined by guest speakers:

    Peter Deans, Director of Business Mind Social Purpose, an independent North East consultancy providing strategic management advice to public bodies, charities and social enterprises, and private companies that deliver public services. 

    Dave Garratt from Eastside Primetimers, a consultancy which offers support to the charity and social enterprise sector. Dave has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years including as CEO for five years of one of the UK’s largest Refugee Charities. He brings wide ranging skills including charity planning, leadership, and operational planning; partnership development and merger exploration, and securing, preparing for and delivering statutory funded contracts and grants at national and local level.

  • Moving from Non-Racist to Anti-Racist
    10:00 -12:00

    Acevo and Voice4Change England released Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector in June this year. Home Truths is the final report in the year-long Making Diversity Count project.

    The report frames the conversations around racism in the charity sector with an acknowledgment that racism is a significant and unresolved issue in the sector just as it is in the rest of society.

    This report is part of wider awareness raising and activist work being done by many, including Charity So White and the Black Lives Matter movement. There is an increasing understanding of the distinction between being non-racist and becoming actively anti-racist.

    VONNE and GLT Partners are hosting this event to provide a space for the North East VCSE sector to have these conversations. We acknowledge there are many who already work in this space and have done for a long time. This event seeks to add to this work, not distract from it.

    If you are interested in what becoming anti-racist means for you and your organisation or in sharing your own experiences of doing this, please join us to develop that thinking. It will not give you easy answers – and; the conversation might feel uncomfortable in parts, but it will provide a safe space to begin the conversation with others.

    If you would like to contact us before registering please email Anne Fry or Ngozi Lyn Cole