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.

Future Homes: Website development needed

New website needed to create strong web presence.

Deadline: 15 December 2017

Future Homes: Website development needed

Background: Future Homes is a new organisation that is working to challenge ideas on housing by developing bold new housing designs that fuse together meaningful responses to ageing well and urban sustainability while incorporating helpful digital technologies. Future Homes was formed by Professor Rose Gilroy of Newcastle University, bringing together a range of stakeholders from […]

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Innovation loans: infrastructure systems

Loans to help SMEs overcome barriers to scaling up innovation in infrastructure systems and enable first commercial deployment at scale.

Deadline: 09 January 2018

Innovation loans: infrastructure systems

Background: Innovate UK is to provide up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative infrastructure systems projects. The aim of this competition is to offer a loan to help SMEs overcome barriers to scaling up innovation in infrastructure systems. It will enable businesses to demonstrate first commercial deployment at scale and take their […]

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Call for innovative solutions for recharging the smartphones.

Innovative solutions to help spectators at the French open Tennis tournament (Roland-Garros) recharge their mobile phones.

Deadline: 21 January 2018

Call for innovative solutions for recharging the smartphones.

Background: ENGIE are looking for solutions that will help spectators at the French open Tennis tournament (Roland-Garros) recharge their mobile phones. The tournament will take place from May 27th to June 10th, 2018.   The solution needs to be installed and operational on April 15, 2018. As part of the partnership between ENGIE and Roland-Garros, ENGIE […]

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November 2017 sector competition: Strand 2 Infrastructure Systems

Innovation projects to encourage UK business growth in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems.

Deadline: 30 January 2018

November 2017 sector competition: Strand 2 Infrastructure Systems

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million in innovation projects to encourage UK business growth in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. We want businesses to collaborate on new integrated solutions and business models. There will be: up to £5 million for projects up to 12 months up to £14 million for […]

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November 2017 sector competition: Strand 1 Manufacturing and Materials

Supporting innovation in the manufacturing and materials sector.

Deadline: 30 January 2018

November 2017 sector competition: Strand 1 Manufacturing and Materials

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation across the manufacturing and materials and Infrastructure systems sectors. Funded projects will target opportunities that offer significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovations. There will be: up to £5 million for projects up to 12 months up to £14 million for projects […]

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Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 4: primer award & later stage award

Supporting the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

Deadline: 06 February 2018

Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 4: primer award & later stage award

Background: This is a competition for a primer award in the Biomedical Catalyst. The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better […]

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SBRI: electric vehicle charging, sustainable energy solutions

Edinburgh needs an integrated innovation energy solution that can cater for future mass market potential.

Deadline: 06 February 2018

SBRI: electric vehicle charging, sustainable energy solutions

Background: The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) has a number of off-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers. EV charging technology is improving but still doesn’t offer optimal smart city and smart grid solutions. Edinburgh needs an integrated innovation energy solution that can cater for future mass market potential. Projects should offer smart grid, storage and generation […]

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Open sector competition round 4

A call for game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

Deadline: 27 February 2018

Open sector competition round 4

Background: This competition is open to the best business-led cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.  These can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and apply to any part of the economy. Competition Scope: To be in scope, a proposal must demonstrate: a clear game-changing and/or […]

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Innovative solutions for detection of refrigerant leaks

Solutions needed that can rapidly detect refrigerant leaks while also improving the operational efficiency of leak detection systems using new tools or sensors.

Deadline: 28 February 2018

Innovative solutions for detection of refrigerant leaks

Background: There are already solutions on the market for detecting and locating refrigerant leaks. While these solutions work, they often aren’t efficient enough. The leak rate within refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems remains high, above 20% in certain sectors. In some of these areas, no satisfactory solutions exist for detecting leaks. This is […]

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