Climate Action North is joining this year’s VentureFest North East, a conference that shines a light on organisations and individuals that are driving innovation forward in the region.

A longstanding date in the business calendar, VentureFest North East attracts around 800 delegates from different business sectors to learn from each other and use innovation to improve competitiveness and profitability.

This year the conference is being held virtually on Wednesday 17 March to explore resilience, sustainability, and innovation in a time of chaos, and Climate Action North is one 15 businesses chosen by the Innovation SuperNetwork and the North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC) for doing things innovatively and disrupting the sector.

Climate Action North’s Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, said: “We are looking forward to taking part in this year’s VentureFest North East and showcasing the practical work we do with businesses to help them take action in boosting their own sustainability and resilience while addressing the climate crisis challenge.

“Resilience and sustainability are subjects close to our heart and it is brilliant that VentureFest North East is providing this space to help businesses connect, collaborate and innovate. We’re also thrilled to be nominated for the Innovation Award alongside some incredible North East businesses.”

VentureFest North East will provide information about the support available for local businesses through practical workshops and by providing real market opportunities through innovation challenges. A strand on access to finance will also connect businesses seeking investment.

Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at the Innovation SuperNetwork, who plan and deliver the conference, said: “It would have been impossible to put together a programme on innovation without thinking about the events of the last year. The economic impact is still being felt, and there is much uncertainty still ahead of us. With this in mind, we wanted to emphasize through VentureFest North East the support available for local businesses. We’re working with our partners to highlight some of this support, delivering practical workshops and providing real market opportunities through innovation challenges. A strand on access to finance will also connect businesses seeking investment.”

It is part of the wider Catalysing Innovation in North East Cluster Project delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork, which is supported by the North East LEP, Northumbrian Water Group, North East BIC and P&G, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Register for a free place.