Businesses in the Tees Valley have a free chance to take centre stage at a major new event designed to celebrate and promote innovation in the area.
Organisers of the first VentureFest Tees Valley have launched a search with innovation experts RTC North to uncover 15 businesses who dare to do things differently.
Those selected will be given a platform to demonstrate their ideas to an audience of 400 businesspeople and investors during the event's Innovation Showcase exhibition on September 13 at Wynyard Hall.
Jamie Ollivere, sales and marketing director at RTC North, said: "From the safety match and Dulux paint to Quorn and Pyrex, Tees Valley has made its mark on the world with its innovative spirit. This talent continues to thrive to this day but the nature of business means much of this remains behind closed doors.
"We work on a daily basis with innovative local businesses and have seen first-hand the exciting developments that are taking place every day on industrial estates and in office blocks across the Tees Valley. Innovation Showcase is all about shining a light on this talent to showcase what this area is capable of and to inspire others."
Entry is free of charge and open to all businesses – regardless of size, sector or stage of development – in Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland. Selected companies will be given exhibition space at the event and will benefit from various activities designed to raise their profile.
Simon Green, director of VentureFest Tees Valley, encouraged businesses to apply. He said: “Innovation happens in all kinds of businesses in all kinds of sectors. Whilst some people think innovation is about men and women in white coats in a lab, this is only a small part of the story we want to tell at VentureFest.
"We want to highlight examples of clever thinking in large and small businesses, in manufacturing companies and service providers, in private industry and in social enterprise. Any Tees Valley organisation that has worked out a way to do things differently, giving it an advantage in its field, is welcome to get involved.”
Venturefest Tees Valley is free for local businesses to attend and registration is open now at venturefest.tv.
To apply for Innovation Showcase Tees Valley visit https://venturefest.tv/innovation-showcase/ to answer a few simple questions before midnight on Sunday, July 30 2017