North East Innovation Clusters

We work with Innovation Clusters in five of the region’s key sectors to drive opportunities and economic growth. This collaboration helps us share best practice, pool skills and gain knowledge to best support North East businesses.

You can find out more about each of our Clusters below. Our Innovation Managers work within each and therefore have in-depth knowledge and expertise in these sectors. If you’re looking to connect with one of our Innovation Clusters, get in touch and we can make an introduction.

Our Innovation Cluster Network


The North East is home to a unique and comprehensive asset base for innovating, demonstrating and delivering solutions to global energy challenges. We're partnered with the North East Energy Catalyst, facilitated by the North East LEP to tackle major energy challenges and drive new economic growth opportunities.
Healthcare & Lifesciences

Our healthcare cluster brings together several organisations that all play a key role in delivering innovation projects for the NHS. We're working with the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and Health Network North (HNN) to drive innovation in healthcare.
Process Innovation & Manufacturing

NEPIC is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the needs and interests of the chemical-processing sector in the North East of England. We work closely with NEPIC to ensure industry in this region thrives through investment, innovation and a network, which will create jobs and opportunities long into the future.
Voluntary, Charity & Social Enterprise

The Innovation SuperNetwork is collaborating with VONNE to help build opportunities within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the North East.
Digital & Tech

To help businesses make the most of the opportunity presented by digital and tech, we’ve teamed up with Dynamo North East to drive innovation in sub-sectors including FinTech, HealthTech, Cyber Security and Service Centre Delivery.