Kress Wesling of Innovation Awards

The shortlist for the North East Innovation Awards have been announced.

The North East Innovation Awards are delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork in partnership with RTC North.

They celebrate stand-out examples of innovation in the region’s most important sectors – Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare and Digital. An Innovation Champion and the coveted title of Innovation of the Year will also be announced, with a live delegate vote deciding who will walk away with the Idea of the Year award, a new addition to the 2019 line-up.

The winners will be announced as part of VentureFest North East taking place at St.James’ Park on Thursday 28th November. The awards will be introduced by entrepreneur and co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, Kresse Wesling, MBE and hosted by Simon Green, CEO of Innovation Supernetwork.

Kresse Wesling, MBE said: “This will be my first time at VentureFest North East and I’m truly delighted to have been asked to present the North East Innovation Awards which form part of such a fantastic event. There are clearly some outstanding examples of good practice and innovation taking place in the region.

“I have no doubt that recognition like this will give a huge boost and encouragement to the winners to continue to develop innovative products and services. I’m looking forward to sharing my own experience of starting and growing a global brand and hearing more about the achievements of the businesses that have been shortlisted.” 

The shortlisted individuals, teams and businesses in each category are:

Health & Life Science Innovation Award, in partnership with AHSN 


Magnitude Biosciences


Biosignatures Ltd.

Glenda Devlin Your Health & Care


Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award, in partnership with Martel Instruments

Abfad Limited

Big Purple Productions
Hyperdrive Innovation
Synergy VR


Offshore & Energy Innovation Award, in partnership with ENGIE

Nixon Hire
New Safety Ltd
Hyperdrive Innovation
Connected Energy
Qinov8 UK Ltd


Creative and Digital Innovation Award, in partnership with Jumping Rivers

Nine Software
National Institute for Health Research - Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria
Taxigoat Ltd


Idea of the Year (pitching competition with live delegate vote) in partnership with RTC North

Barrier Ex


Innovation of the Year (linked to Innovation Showcase) in partnership with North East BIC

Mistura Informatics
Your Health and Care

Blue Tokay
The Algorithm People
Plastech Innovation
Green White Sice
Synergy VR
Gull Corporation


Innovation Champion, in partnership with CPI

Northern Accelerator team
Northstar Ventures team
Kate Baucherel
Sue Black
Nigel Watson

The Innovation SuperNetwork is the brand of a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund: Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters, which is receiving up to £1.24m of ERDF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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