Innovation Awards

Celebrating the most innovative businesses in the region, we’re launching the inaugural North East Innovation Awards to take place as part of the programme for VentureFest North East 2018.

We know regional businesses are the driving force behind transformative innovations and we’re searching for some of the most interesting and impactful examples.

If you’re doing something amazing, or know a business that is, take part by nominating in the below categories. It doesn’t matter about size or turnover, we know businesses of all sizes are doing exciting things. Whether it’s a new business product, service or something that gives a competitive edge, then be sure to nominate for free!

Innovation Champion – in partnership with Haines Watts 

Innovation doesn’t happen by itself, it needs great people and great support systems. If you know someone who is going beyond their usual role to help support innovation in the region, they could be our Innovation Champion!

Manufacturing Innovation Award – in partnership with Reece Innovation

If you’re saving costs, quickening turnaround or using innovative techniques to become more competitive, then we want to hear about it.

Energy Innovation Award – in partnership with Engie

Innovation in the energy industry has never been more important. We’re looking to celebrate businesses that are making a difference by changing the way we view and use energy.

Healthcare Innovation Award – in partnership with CPI

With an ageing society, healthcare innovation is critical to ensure we’re all living healthy active lives for longer. If you’re shaking things up with innovative products, services or technologies, tell us about it.

Digital Innovation Award – in partnership with Jumping Rivers

We’re looking for businesses that are disrupting business or society with innovative new digital solutions that make the most of the latest technology.

Innovation of the Year: Delegates’ Choice – in partnership with the North East BIC

You’ll have a chance to vote on the day at VentureFest North East for which of our Innovation Showcase finalists you think demonstrates the most inspiring and transformative idea. Be sure to visit them on the day and cast your vote.

Terms and conditions

  • Entry is open to all North East businesses – regardless of size or stage of development.
  • You can nominate your own business or another.
  • Innovation of the Year will be decided as a delegates’ choice from the Innovation Showcase at VentureFest North East 2018.
  • Entry is free of charge.

Additional information

 The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 1st October

The awards ceremony will be held at VentureFest North East on 14th November at St James’ Park. Nominees should book their free ticket for VentureFest North East here.

The shortlist will be announced at the end of October (subject to change).

Innovation Awards

Partners

Our work is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, the North East LEP, Northumbrian WaterNorth East BICReece Innovation and ENGIE with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Huge thanks go to all our partners.