The organisers behind the region’s innovation conference have today announced a new awards event to celebrate the achievements of the North East’s most pioneering businesses.

The Innovation SuperNetwork are launching the North East Innovation Awards as a way of celebrating the ground-breaking ideas, processes and products impacting on business, industry and society.

The awards will take place as part of VentureFest North East, the annual innovation conference at St James’ Park on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Simon Green, CEO at the Innovation SuperNetwork, said: “The conference is now in its 6th year and continues to attract a wide range of businesses from start-ups and entrepreneurs to big business in a range of sectors – all looking to build connections and learn from one another.

“We’re excited to bring the Innovation Awards into the VentureFest programme as a new element for 2018. The aim is to shine a spotlight on stand-out examples of innovation and inspire delegates through the celebration of success.  As well as crowning an Innovation Champion and Innovation of the Year, we’ll also be commending the best work in the region’s most important sectors.”

There are six awards categories and businesses can nominate themselves or others:

  • Innovation Champion, in partnership with Haines Watts.
  • Manufacturing Innovation award, in partnership with Reece Innovation.
  • Energy Innovation award, in partnership with Engie.
  • Healthcare Innovation award, in partnership with CPI.
  • Digital Innovation award, in partnership with Jumping Rivers.
  • Innovation of the Year: Delegates’ Choice, in partnership with the North East BIC.

Nominations are open until 5pm on Monday 01 October 2018. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit:

Innovation of the Year will be voted on by delegates attending VentureFest North East on the day, with the shortlist made-up of the event’s Innovation Showcase Exhibitors.

Innovation Showcase is open to businesses of all sizes, with applications closing on Friday 07 September 2018, for more information visit:

VentureFest North East 2018 is all about bringing together people from different business sectors to learn from each other and use innovation to improve their competitiveness and profitability.

The event takes place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at St James’ Park, Newcastle. Registrations are now open at

VentureFest North East is part of the wider Innovation SuperNetwork programme, developed with around 60 partner organisations to support innovation in the North East. The SuperNetwork is supported by the North East LEP, Northumbrian Water Group, Engie, Reece Innovation, North East BIC and Innovate UK, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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