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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  • IC3 Collaborative Funding Workshop
    10:00 -12:00

    The International Centre for Connected Construction (IC3) would like to invite you to a collaborative workshop with experts from industry, public sector and academia. The session will explore innovative ideas to help the sector bounce back stronger post COVID-19, with an eye on several multi-million pound funding streams available now and in the near future.

    During this session, we will bring experts together to explore the key challenges faced by the construction industry and wider society going forward, and the role our sector can play in addressing those issues. The IC3 team will host the session, helping to shape innovative ideas into fundable projects that could apply for a slice of funding via the various upcoming competitions. We will also be on hand to help team progress these ideas following the event.

    Once you have registered for the event, you will receive a link to the session which will take place via Microsoft Teams. If you do not receive a link to the event 48 hours before it is due to begin, please contact

  • Newcastle Startup Week
    09:00 -17:00

    Newcastle Startup Week is an annual 5 day (& night) festival that takes place in multiple venues across Newcastle upon Tyne & Gateshead in May with the aim of inspiring, motivating, encouraging & helping more people to ‘Start Something New’ in the North East of England.

  • Purposeful Health Growth Accelerator Launch Event
    11:00 -12:30

    The Purposeful Health Growth Accelerator offers bespoke fully funded support packages to businesses with a mission to provide innovative solutions within the health, wellness and social care sectors.

    Whether your business is currently operating within, or looking to expand into these sectors, we want to help you realise your vision and accelerate your growth potential.

    Join representatives from Northumbria University and NEL Fund Managers for this live launch event and be the first to find out what the programme has to offer.

    The Purposeful Health team will also be joined by Russ Watkins, AHSN NENC Commercial Director, and Dr Mark Lambert (Acting Medical Director Commissioning (North East and Yorkshire) NHS England/ NHS Improvement) who will provide attendees with an insightful overview of the NHS, as well as the current North East Health and Care issues, including COVID-19 response and recovery.

  • BioBusiness Briefing Webinar: Working with HE – How Local Universities Create Opportunities to Grow Your Business
    All day
    Universities help give your business an edge?  What can the world class researchers and innovators at our local universities offer you and your business?  What projects are they working and how is the Northern Accelerator creating opportunities for the NE and beyond? These are some of the questions that this Webinar will answer as we bring together Durham University, Newcastle University and the Northern Accelerator for a fascinating panel discussion covering all these questions and more.

    1.05 pm –  Ecosystem update:  Dave Holmes provides and update on what’s going on in the sector, coming up in Newcastle and the North

    1.10 pm Business Builder:  Experienced CEO talks about their story, the challenges and opportunities of building a bio business (in the NE).

    1.20 pm Working with HE – Ward Hadaway’s Alex Shiel chairs a panel discussion on how with universities can be beneficial to businesses and how the universities benefit the sector locally, nationally and internationally.

    Approx 2.30pm  Close.

    Connect Online
    Attending Bionow online meetings allows attendees to connect directly with one another and put questions / start conversations via the social wall associated with each event even after the event has finished. All delegates have the ability to create new contacts and perhaps link up with old acquaintances through the Bionow event networking portal before, during and after all Bionow online events!

  • 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>>

  • Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit
    10:00 -18:00

    A new Summit, designed to boost investment and innovation 

    The Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit brings policy makers together with investors, research institutions and business to discuss some of the most pressing issues impacting investment in early-stage and growing innovative businesses in the regions.

    The North continues to produce a growing number of innovative businesses, but research shows the innovation funding gap remains an issue. The Summit will not only look at the impact of this in light of current economic challenges, but will proactively think about how these challenges can be overcome.

    What will the day include?

    With a programme made up of panel discussions and opportunities to connect, here’s what you’ll take away from attending:

    • Hear from the UK’s leading economists, investment analysts, investors, fund managers and policy makers
    • Gain the latest insight on future trends and market insights.
    • Learn from expert speakers how to maximise your investments and minimise risk.
    • Join the discussion on how we can all drive diversity across the investment landscape.
    • Meet other investors and build new investor syndicates.
    • Hear from investment ready innovative businesses at an exclusive Newcastle Angel Hub pitch event.
  • Employee Journeys of the Future
    09:30 -10:30

    In this webinar, we’re joined by 3 people specialists who will guide us through how to provide the best employee experience in a remote or hybrid working environment.

    Marie Ranson, director & co-founder Teesside based workplace wellbeing experts – Key Wellbeing will be taking us through:
    – The key components of a great workforce wellbeing programme
    – Creating confidence amongst managers to handle mental health in the workplace
    – Fostering an environment of workforce inclusion whilst remote/hybrid working

    Naomi Crozier, lead people scientist at Hive HR will be answering:

    “How People-first Organisations are Engaging Employees during Coronavirus”?

    Employees will be making their biggest ever judgements on the integrity and authenticity of their employer, based on how they are responding to the current global health crisis. And so now, more than ever, businesses need to engage with their people, listen to them, and make them feel supported. In this session, Hive will provide some insight into how true, ‘people-first’ businesses are continuing to use technologies to communicate with and get feedback from their people – and the impact this is having on brand advocacy and engagement.

    Mikaila Read, remote experience manager at Impala will share 3 key takeaways:
    1. Going Beyond the Virtual Coffee Break; Two remote employee engagement initiatives you haven’t heard of (‘Pop-Up Parties’ & ‘Scavenger Hunt’)

    2. Supplementing Policies with Team Agreements; Why you should intentionally engage your team in setting communication preferences, values, and sub-cultures. (Going ‘Slackless’ in response to ‘work-life integration’ & our remote communication agreements.)

    3. What’s In Our Remote Working Guide?; Self-assessment tools, home-office ergonomic tips, time management apps, ‘switching off’ guidance, and pledge sheets you’ll want to steal asap etc.

    This event is aimed at North East SMEs looking to learn about innovative new tools and techniques to improve employee experience.