Newcastle-based rare cancer research start-up secures six figure investment

Newcastle-based company leading the way in rare cancer research, Rarecan, has closed a £200,000 funding round after securing investment through the Newcastle Angel Hub and NorthInvest. RareCan completed the round with £45,000 invested by Mandashi Limited following a joint Newcastle Angel Hub and NorthInvest pitch event. Mandashi Limited focus its investments in innovation that makes […]

CHALLENGE NORTH EAST LEADS ON INNOVATIVE COVID-19 SOLUTIONS

A challenge that called on North East businesses to generate innovative solutions to the Covid-19 crisis has reached a milestone moment. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) asked the regional business community for answers to Coronavirus-related problems through Challenge North East, a new open innovation programme. The programme saw the LEP offer funding and […]

Dragon, Piers Linney to talk about success, failure and weathering the Covid storm at VentureFest North East

Dragons’ Den investor and tech entrepreneur, Piers Linney is one of the inspiring keynote speakers joining the region’s innovation conference, VentureFest North East next month. Taking place entirely online for the first time, VentureFest will focus on bringing businesses practical advice and opportunities for support against the backdrop of COVID-19, with a focus on using […]

Innovation boss Simon Green hands over CEO role to Estelle Blanks as SuperNetwork eyes next phase of development

Sunderland-based innovation support agency, Innovation SuperNetwork, has announced a change in management structure with current CEO, Simon Green appointed as Chair, and Executive Director, Estelle Blanks, taking up the role of CEO from April. Speaking about the change, Simon said: “When I set about building the Innovation SuperNetwork in 2015, my ambition was always to […]

Invitations to Quote: we’re looking for an online platform and content creators to support VentureFest

VentureFest is the North East’s innovation conference. A longstanding date in the business calendar as a physical event, VentureFest attracts almost 800 delegates. In 2020, the event will be brought to delegates entirely online! As Coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, we have taken the decision to bring the event to delegates digitally. Now, […]

Collaboration king in challenge to overcome innovation funding gap

A round up of the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit. By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director It’s been months in the planning, but this week we delivered the first Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit, bringing together panelists from across the globe to discuss how to support more investment in innovation. Here in the North East, this […]

Invitation to tender: Ref: CI5 Summative Assessment and Project Evaluation Services

In line with latest ERDF guidance published in July 2020, the Innovation SuperNetwork and North East BIC are now seeking tender proposals from highly experienced and qualified suppliers for the provision of the Summative Assessment for the Innovation SuperNetwork programme. Summative assessments are intended to provide insights into the project performance to enhance their implementation, […]

What is design thinking and how can it help your business grow?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that’s swept the world, businesses are being forced to innovate and pivot more than ever before. In order to survive, entrepreneurs and organisations are needing to develop new strategies, reinvent and produce new solutions. Design thinking can help businesses do just that. Our Innovation Manager, Graeme Miller, talked […]