Day one: Wednesday 30th March 2022

Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Registration opens at 10:00


Networking & Exhibition


Bringing together the Innovation SuperNetwork's national and regional partner network the exhibition is packed with businesses and support services who can help you maximise your chance to connect, innovate and grow
Morning Keynote: Jude Ower MBE


Jude is the CEO and Founder of Playmob, connecting the most socially conscious brands to millions of engaged global gamers.
Morning Keynote: Panel One


Following the opening address from Jude Ower MBE, our first panel will address responsible innovation and growth.
Morning Keynote: Panel Two


We’ll ask our second panel to consider the needs of innovators and discuss how the region can maximise the opportunities on offer while using the region's it's innovation assets to 'level up'.
Innovation Showcase


Together with our partners, the North East BIC, we search the North East to uncover the businesses behind ground-breaking products or services. It's time to Meet the Innovators!
Innovation Challenge: Engaging young people in a meaningful way


This open innovation session will look to SMEs to help BV FutureGen Foundation to develop interactive and meaningful ways of engaging with young people through their education hub network.
Innovation Challenge: Decarbonising the NHS - Striving for Net Zero by 2040


This session brings together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to learn about current and emerging solutions that can contribute towards the NHS’s Net Zero aim.
Afternoon keynote: Andrew Grill


Having worked for top companies such as IBM, British Aerospace, Telstra and Kred, Andrew has built a career at the forefront of digital disruption.
North East Innovation Awards


The Innovation Showcase make up the shortlist for our annual awards, until they're announced on the big day - you can check out who took home our 'brains' last year.

Day two: Thursday 31st March

Online: click ‘learn more’ on each session to book

Mission-Driven Innovation: How can we work together to define and tackle important problems in the North East?

9:30 - 11:00

Help to shape the challenges facing society and industry and hear how collaboration between corporate, academia, government and entrepreneurs could help the region deliver real impact across our communities.
Reverse Innovation: A Framework to collaborate

11:00 - 12:30

Learn how bringing together large and mid-sized organisations with small, growth-focused SMEs allows freedom and agility to disrupt mindset and explore new ideas to problem solve.
Led by Stephen Green from CUBED Mindset, you’ll hear how Reverse Innovation takes an outside-in approach.

The Big Pitch


Aimed at active investors, the Big Pitch will uncover the latest deal opportunities and showcase some of the best innovative North East businesses currently seeking investment.

Don't miss our biggest pitch event of the year!
How to double the size of your business in 12 months


Join Scaleup North East for a live interview with one of the region's fastest growing businesses. Find out how they did it, the challenges they've faced, and how they are overcoming them.
Financial Planning: Protect & Grow

12:30 - 1:30

Join expert financial planners Broad Chare Partners for this informative session about changes to consider for you and your business, your family, and your current (and future) employees, to help mitigate risks, support growth and maximise the benefits that you are able to enjoy.
Startup, Spin out and scale up! Support and funding available for tech and engineering startups

13:30 - 14:30

Meet the Royal Academy of Engineering to hear about their Enterprise Hub and how their funding and support programmes can benefit your business.
The Importance of ESG in securing investment

13:30 - 14:30

Join Brewin Dolphin to explore the relevance of a company’s environmental impact and importance of an Environmental, Social and Governance strategy when securing investment.
Funding, Finance and Business Support Round Up

14:30 - 15:30

Join City of Sunderland and business support guests offering their expertise in a 'finance, funding and support opportunities update' for North East businesses.
Moving Forward: Join us on an innovation journey


Join Believe Housing and their trusted partner Trueplace Consulting, to hear how they went back to basics to define objectives and transform their customer’s experience as part of a ‘Moving Forward’ project.
Been there, done that: Tips, advice and guidance on growing a start-up


Blu Sky Chartered Accounts will work their way through the financial process, introduce the exciting things they can do with technology, and address strategy and other vital factors in growing a business.
Supercharge your business with the SuperNetwork!

15:30 - 16:30

Find out about the support we offer and how our experienced team can help you secure the right finance for you, from grants to equity investment. Be the first to hear about the new Innovation SuperNetwork grant!