The Water Hub provide a flexible approach to delivering innovation solutions for local businesses from a variety of sectors.

The partnership brings together key industrial partners, government agencies with academia to deliver a balanced, coherent and broad support package to businesses in this growth sector.

The specific activities the project will undertake to deliver this aim are:

Project staff work with strategic partners to engage with the most appropriate businesses to meet the sector needs and their fit for the NE Water Hub programme.

Highlighting the challenges being experienced by the water sector that could be met by the businesses in smart specialisation. Events will be engaging, informative and encourage collaboration.

To provide high levels of expertise and support in developing unique products and processes to meet the identified market challenges. Innovation partnerships will formalise the working relationships.

Will adopt an open innovation approach which will connect business with academia.

Will be available for the research and live testing of the evolving products and processes to assess their viability and commercial readiness.

Innovation Challenges

We will work with partners to identify challenges. Each challenge will offer an opportunity for businesses to engage with partners. Challenges will frame the problem, question current practice, and showcase pathways for businesses to get involved.


Community scale blue green infrastructure

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Reducing the impacts of flooding by harnessing new technologies

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Latest Updates

Monday, 13 November 2017

VentureFest 2017 to be the busiest and broadest yet — hundreds of businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and experts are due to descend on St James’ Park, Newcastle this week for what promises to be the busiest VentureFest North East to date.

The fifth annual innovation conference takes place on November 14 and organizers say a range of new features mean it will also be their broadest-ranging event. The full-day conference is dedicated to helping the region’s businesses use innovation to remain relevant, competitive and profitable by providing practical tools and valuable connections.

VentureFest North East is part of the wider Innovation SuperNetwork programme, developed with around 50 partner organisations to support innovation in the North East. Led by the VentureFest North East team, the SuperNetwork is supported by Innovate UK, the North East LEP, Northumbrian Water Group, Reece Innovation and North East BIC, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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