Tees Valley Innovation Challenge

Unlock innovation-driven growth for your business

Enhance your business’s innovation capabilities through challenge-led collaboration opportunities, alongside specialist one-to-one support, training, and events.

Tees Valley Innovation Challenge provides the platform, guidance and resources to help you capitalise on investment opportunities within the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem, forge valuable connections, and accelerate your growth in new markets.


Innovation Challenges

Take part in sector-based innovation challenges to connect with large organisations and co-create new products or services in response to their challenges.

You could also be eligible to apply for grant funding between £1,000 and £10,000 to develop to develop innovative solutions.

Innovation challenges will be published here with details of how you can get involved. To express your interest, please sign up to the Tees Valley Innovation Programme.

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Innovation Support 

Get personalised one-to-one support from our team of advisors and sector specialists to address your specific innovation challenges and opportunities.

We have the resources and guidance to help you develop innovative products and services, secure new business, and thrive in both new and existing markets.

Sign up: https://ed-ge.notion.site/Business-Support-form-Tees-Valley-Innovation-Challenge-142f345ac23842298b7fce69d1937f0e?pvs=4

Design Thinking

Innovation training will equip you with tools and mindsets to innovate your products, services and processes through design thinking.

Training will delve into each stage of the design process – discover, define, develop and deliver – providing insights and practical tools to deepen your understanding of your customers’ needs and develop effective solutions.

Sign up: https://ed-ge.notion.site/Innovation-Training-application-form-Tees-Valley-Innovation-Challenge-ba772c4aba934a81980da0b4a2a00f6e?pvs=4

Networking & Events

Network with your peers and industry experts at regular peer networking events to forge connections that can open doors to innovation and collaboration opportunities.

There will also be the opportunity to join an Innovation Showcase Event to access invaluable advice, financing options, potential customers, and collaborators.

Launch event sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tees-valley-innovation-challenge-launch-tickets-891484192217?aff=oddtdtcreator

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To access this support, you must be a small or medium-sized business based in Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland or Stockton-On-Tees).

Support is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Tees Valley Innovation Challenge is delivered by Edge Innovation Ltd and Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria on behalf of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, and the Tees Valley Business Board.