The Innovate Tees Valley Festival has been launched in a bid to connect businesses with the networks they need to innovate and continue growing.
The festival is being delivered by a range of partners, including BQ, Teesside University, Digital City, NEPIC, Materials Processing Institute and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
This year’s conference is the first in an annual series that will be a key element in innovation support for many years to come.
Simon Green, director of the Innovate Tees Valley Festival, said: “Successful innovation is all about making connections.
“The Innovate Tees Valley Festival is about connecting our businesses with the networks they need to innovate.
“This means linking businesses with investors, businesses with experts and businesses with market opportunities.
“By building collaborative partnerships and effective networks, we can accelerate the commercialisation of new products and reduce the risk of failure.
“In the long term, successful innovation amongst local businesses is of benefit to everyone in the Tees Valley as it creates wealth, increases employment and makes this part of the country a more attractive place to work.”
The event is being held on 8 December, and attendees will be able to:
As part of the festival, BQ will be profiling some of the region’s most innovative businesses for the Tees Valley Twenty: Innovation feature. The winning Tees Valley Twenty will also be given the opportunity to raise their profile as part of a showcase of innovative companies at the festival, with exclusive free exhibition space on the day.
For more information about the Innovate Tees Valley Festival and to book, please visit innovatefestival.tv