Newcastle entrepreneur secures six figure investment to create “Safest Dating App in the World”

A Newcastle-based entrepreneur with ambitions to disrupt the online dating industry has raised £225,000 in a bid to create a dating platform with user safety at its heart.  Safer Date was founded by Elaine Parker following a harrowing online dating experience that spiralled out of control with a man that had a long history of […]

Innovation Manager

North East England Fixed-term contract, initially to June 2023 with possibility of extension £40,000 per year pro rata plus pension Full time (with flexible and part time working options) The Rural Design Centre is a unique, nationally-significant initiative, using design thinking to improve the lot of rural communities. Supported by a wide range of organisations […]

Building an Investment Ecosystem: What did we learn at the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit?

Estelle Blanks, CEO, Innovation SuperNetwork Over the last several years, we’ve worked hard at the Innovation SuperNetwork to develop an Access to Finance Programme which supports regional businesses to secure the innovation funding they need to realise their business ambitions.    We’ve seen much success in helping businesses, including ParkingPerx, Rarecan, Dyman, Power Roll and many more develop connections, raise finance and […]

Invitation to tender: venue and associated services for VentureFest North East 2022 & 2023

The event will be delivered hybrid and services required include a suitable venue, catering, audio visual and associated services. This Invitation to tender covers preference to provide services for two VentureFest events to take place in 2022 and 2023. The confirmed date for VentureFest 2022 is Wednesday 30th March 2022, therefore availability on that date […]

Why northern Health and Life Sciences?

It was a real pleasure to be invited to be part of this year’s Investment Summit, and to highlight some of the reasons why investors should take a closer look at the investment opportunities health and life sciences present. The sector offers a wealth of opportunities, with innovative ideas and research breakthroughs regularly spawning spin […]

Showcasing our regional innovation and demonstration capabilities

The energy sector in North East England is one of the region’s biggest growth industries and has a pivotal role to play in delivering the government’s Green Industrial Revolution, which aims to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, many of which will be here in the North East. Against […]

The North East creative industries: unleashing the power and potential of creativity.

By Carol Bell OBE Strategic Engagement Lead – Creative England First, an introduction. Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are part of the Creative UK Group. Our purpose is to harness the power of the creative industries to build a fairer and more prosperous world. We champion, convene, support and invest in creative businesses […]

What is innovation?

‘Innovation’ has become one of those buzzwords we love to hate. In fact, I think it’s fair to say it’s become somewhat overused and as such, people don’t really know what the term means anymore, or they misidentify its meaning. The problem is that we mostly hear about big, disruptive innovation. We hear about the […]

How a diverse workplace supports successful innovation

By Fareeha Usman, Equality Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Dynamo North East “Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) give space for accessing better talent and stimulates overall business growth”. When we look at this message, it’s easy to think that we’re perhaps oversimplifying the complexities which come with the development of EDI policies for business, but […]

Capacity, Connectivity and Capability: the 3 Big ‘C’s That Can Help Regional Investment Landscapes Evolve

Jordan Dargue, Head of Access to Finance at Innovation SuperNetwork, says changing economic conditions mean accessing finance for small businesses can be extremely challenging. The economic impact of Covid-19 has certainly had a significant effect on innovation-led and early-stage businesses seeking sustainable funding for the future, as detailed in the UK Business Angel Market 2020 report, […]