We solve commercial challenges with North East talent

All organisations come across problems they can’t fix from time to time. We help to overcome these challenges by identifying innovative technologies, talent and services of businesses in the North East of England.

By using Innovation Challenge big businesses solve problems quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Smaller companies get the chance to work in a new market or win a new contract. It’s win-win for the region, helping businesses here to innovate, grow and thrive.

Innovative new ways to transport fluids

New liquid transport methods and valves needed.

Deadline: 20 August 2018

Innovative new ways to transport fluids

Background: Mayborn Group is the proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products. The award-winning brand was launched in the UK 50 years ago and was founded with one simple goal – to make everyday life just a little easier for parents around the world. The […]

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Innovative new materials and finishes needed

Finishes or materials that can impart functional or sensorial benefits e.g. skin-like qualities, naturally warm (or cool) to touch, colour changing...

Deadline: 20 August 2018

Innovative new materials and finishes needed

Background: Mayborn Group is the proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products. The award-winning brand was launched in the UK 50 years ago and was founded with one simple goal – to make everyday life just a little easier for parents around the world. The […]

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Call for innovative printing technologies & techniques for hard surfaces

Rapid printing techniques for applying decoration to hard surfaces including hard plastic and metal.

Deadline: 20 August 2018

Call for innovative printing technologies & techniques for hard surfaces

Background: Mayborn Group is the proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products. The award-winning brand was launched in the UK 50 years ago and was founded with one simple goal – to make everyday life just a little easier for parents around the world. The […]

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Innovative pumping technology needed

Interested in applying new pumping technology to their breast pump products.

Deadline: 20 August 2018

Innovative pumping technology needed

Background: Mayborn Group is the proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products. The award-winning brand was launched in the UK 50 years ago and was founded with one simple goal – to make everyday life just a little easier for parents around the world. The […]

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Call for new packaging technologies and techniques

Nil plastic packaging and technologies is of key interest.

Deadline: 20 August 2018

Call for new packaging technologies and techniques

Background: Mayborn Group is the proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products. The award-winning brand was launched in the UK 50 years ago and was founded with one simple goal – to make everyday life just a little easier for parents around the world. The […]

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SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 2

To support developers of innovative medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology.

Deadline: 21 August 2018

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 2

Background: The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) is partnering with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million. This is to support developers of innovative medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting. This competition aims to provide […]

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Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (trial strand)

To develop and trial ideas for increasing the adoption of productivity-boosting technology and business practices among SMEs.

Deadline: 03 September 2018

Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (trial strand)

Background: The government announced the Business Basics Programme in its Industrial Strategy. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity. In doing so the programme aims to add to the evidence base of what works in driving […]

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Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (proof of concept strand)

To add to the evidence base of what works in driving up SME productivity.

Deadline: 03 September 2018

Business Basics: boosting SME productivity (proof of concept strand)

Background: The government announced the Business Basics Programme in its Industrial Strategy. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity. In doing so the programme aims to add to the evidence base of what works in driving […]

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Innovation loans: July 2018 open competition

Call for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing, disruptive ideas or concepts.

Deadline: 04 September 2018

Innovation loans: July 2018 open competition

Background: Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Projects should aim to develop new products, […]

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Sport Facilities of the Future

Call for innovative digital tools & new services to users, owners and operators of sports facilities.

Deadline: 12 September 2018

Sport Facilities of the Future

Background: Engie Axima is working with Euratechnologies and Artois Vallee  to identify technological bricks and/or innovative services that use digital technologies to offer new services to users, owners and operators of sports facilities. It is also about making users active stakeholders in energy and environmental performance. The solutions can be applied to the following types of […]

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Whole House Retrofit Solutions

Call for products that reduce the amount of time on-site using off-site construction techniques. and products that improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.

Deadline: 14 September 2018

Whole House Retrofit Solutions

Background: ENGIE is currently developing a whole house retrofit solution based on the EnergieSprong concept. As part of the development of our solution we would like to identify innovative products that would assist ENGIE in meeting the EnergieSprong requirements in a cost-effective way. ENGIE is currently developing a whole house retrofit solution based on the […]

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Connected and autonomous vehicles 4: piloting passenger services

To fund collaborative research and development projects.

Deadline: 18 September 2018

Connected and autonomous vehicles 4: piloting passenger services

Background: The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is to invest up to £25 million in industry-led projects that develop and then ‘pilot’ CAV services at scale in a UK setting. This competition will fund collaborative research and development projects. We expect to fund 2 to 4 high quality projects that can demonstrate UK capability and […]

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SynchroniCity Open Call: IoT-Enabled Urban Services

To create a global market for human-centered IoT-enabled urban services which are interoperable, replicable and reusable across cities and across domains.

Deadline: 30 September 2018

SynchroniCity Open Call: IoT-Enabled Urban Services

The SynchroniCity open call launches on June 1st 17:00 CEST and closes on September 30th 17:00 CEST. Below you will find all the information you need to join, including guidelines, technical specification and helpdesk. Aim of the Open Call The purpose of this is to create a global market for human-centered IoT-enabled urban services which […]

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Innovations to mitigate power transmission and distribution losses

Quess Corp Limited is seeking to identify innovations to mitigate power transmission and distribution losses to help improve billing efficiencies for power distribution companies in India.

Deadline: 31 October 2018

Innovations to mitigate power transmission and distribution losses

Quess Corp Limited is seeking to identify innovations to mitigate power transmission and distribution losses to help improve billing efficiencies for power distribution companies in India.

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