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Innovation Champion

Partnered by North East LEP

Shortlisted individuals

  • Paul Butler, North East Automotive Alliance
  • Di Gates, Stick Theory
  • Dylan McKee, Nebula Labs

About the category

The Innovation Champion Award goes to an individual who consistently goes beyond their usual role to help support or drive innovation in the region.  

For example this individual may:

  • Mentor entrepreneurs or rising stars in innovation to support their success.
  • They may provide a voice for innovation in regionally important sectors, flying the flag for the region’s strengths and success in these areas.
  • This person may have driven the innovation agenda in a sector that traditionally struggles to move forward their processes or services in an innovative way.
  • This person may champion inclusive or sustainable innovation. Shining a light on the impact innovation can have, or providing a platform to elevate and support innovation in under-represented groups.

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