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.

  • Rural Housing Design Mission: A Rural Ageing Population: How might we create Northumberland communities with the right housing in the right places?
    14:00 -15:30

    Over the past few months we have engaged with key stakeholders and surveyed local residents living in rural Northumberland, facing first hand rural housing problems and challenges.

    Unsurprisingly, we have identified many challenges around a rapidly ageing population, connectivity, and the need for low carbon solutions.

    The overall objective is to support rural Northumberland in achieving more balanced sustainable rural communities – meaning residents, visitors and tourists having easily accessible and integrated access to appropriate homes, services and facilities as well as an economically diverse population incorporating business and leisure.

    With the following guiding principles:
    Appropriate – To lifestyle, life stage, right size and last move
    Integrated – Into services and communities
    Sustainable – Carbon neutral and economically viable
    Sociable – Balanced supportive connected community

    On this webinar we would like to focus on further exploring what the challenges are of an ageing rural population and how rural housing can be improved for both the young and old of the rural ageing population.

    We know Northumberland has a rapidly ageing population, with the number of people aged 65+ set to keep significantly rising but that doesn’t mean just building for old people.

    We are asking companies, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to come together with key stakeholders and local rural residents to discuss and unpick challenges faced by rural communities to develop new concepts and ideas to address housing an ageing population.

    This is a free event from 2-3.30pm also open to North East SMEs.

  • Funding webinar for businesses on the grow
    10:00 -13:00

    We’ve teamed up with Northstar Ventures to bring a package of online tools and advice for North East SME’s looking to raise finance for their business.

    We invite you to this free webinar on 8th October, packed with tips and advice on cash flow during COVID-19, alternative types of funding available to you and a live Q&A with investors.

    You can also gain knowledge and ask questions to our expert finance and legal partners – Blu Sky Accountants and Ward Hadaway. They will be hosting breakouts on ‘Cash & financial controls to impress your investors’ and ‘Preparing for external finance’ to help you on your finance journey.

    The webinar runs from 10am-1pm with comfort breaks built in.

    Next steps:
    As an attendee to the webinar on 8th October, you will be invited to a small group pitch training session on 20th October. This will provide invaluable practical help to prepare for meeting with investors. Please email to book your place.

    We are also working with our partners to bring you a video library of funding advice you can watch on our website here:

    As joint event partners, registration data will be shared with Northstar Ventures for the sole purpose of this event. Please email for more information.

  • 2020 BioFocus Conference
    All day
    BioFocus is a two day conference, bringing together industry, academia and experts within the field of life sciences. BioFocus will inspire your business to connect, engage, benefit and grow.

    Comprising conference, company showcases, pre-booked partnering and virtual networking sessions, this event will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, innovations, key sector initiatives and funding opportunities.

    The conference will feature the following sessions:

    • Keynote Speakers
    • North East Life Sciences: Collaboration for Growth
    • Industry Showcases – Leading Companies details their Journey and Share the Lessons Learnt
    • Innovations Workshop
    • Funding & Investment Panel
    • Pharma Partnering
    • Growing the Biotech / Medtech Cluster
    • What is Next for Life Sciences in the North Panel
    • Pre-booked Partnering Meetings
    • Virtual Networking
    • Biotech & Beers
    Further details and the conference agenda will be available shortly.
  • Online Creative Business Surgeries
    13:00 -15:00

    A chance to book an online 1-2-1 with business adviser Victoria Moodie who can give bespoke business advice to creative businesses and individual creative practitioners based in Sunderland. From remodelling to business planning and marketing, Victoria can give free guidance and work with you on the unique challenges faced by creative businesses at this challenging time.

    These 45 minute surgeries will be held over telephone or online using Zoom, whichever you prefer. Sessions available to book at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.


    This surgery is for Sunderland residents or for those running a creative business in Sunderland.

    To book a place on this online 1-2-1 surgery, or if you have any queries, please email or click the ‘book for this event’ button below.

    Once you have reserved your place, further details will be provided by email to confirm the booking (the telephone call or the online video instructions) whichever is preferred.

    If you have chosen the online option, we will also provide instructions on how to download the Zoom app to your phone or computer before the session (if you don’t already have it).

    About your presenter

    As a business adviser for over 16 years Victoria has worked on a range of contracts supporting many businesses in all sectors. She has been involved in enterprise for many years, in a self-employed capacity, having previously owned a recruitment agency and now runs a successful e-commerce website. Connect with Victoria>>