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New innovation SuperNetwork launched

The Innovation SuperNetwork, a new network supporting innovation in business across the North East is being launched by Venturefest North East with full support from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The SuperNetwork will enable organisations in all sectors to connect, supporting business-to-business collaboration and creating links between business and research bodies, catapults and innovation hubs.

It will allow people to access support, events and information which will unlock the potential for increased innovation. The SuperNetwork will incorporate a programme of events including conferences, seminars and workshops will facilitate access to innovation support and finance and will become the recognised access route to the network of research and innovation institutions, hubs, and information present within the region.

Alan Lowdon, chair of the North East LEP innovation board explained: “Innovation is a key part of the North East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, which ultimately aims to create more and better jobs here in the North East.

“Innovation is vital if we’re to realise the full potential of the North East economy and the new SuperNetwork will help to ensure innovation can flourish in business and enterprise across all sectors.”

Businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations in all sectors will be able to access the SuperNetwork which is being developed in consultation with partner organisations and the business community. It will provide support and information for existing business networks and their members as well as organisations and innovators seeking opportunities to build links with others.

Simon Green, Director of the SuperNetwork said: “Through this new network we will be helping organisations to access the tools they need to become more innovative in their work, whether that is funding opportunities, training or links with global, national and regional innovation partners.

“There are already some fantastic examples of innovation taking place, particularly in our smart specialisation areas of passenger vehicle manufacturing; subsea and offshore technology; life sciences and healthcare; and creative, digital, software and technology based services. The North East has the potential to be a global leader in innovation and the SuperNetwork is the next step in making this happen.”

Find out more about the SuperNetwork at supernetwork.org.uk