With a passion for innovation, your Innovate Tees Valley partners have one goal – accelerating growth from your ideas

The Innovate Tees Valley project combines the knowledge and expertise of four business growth specialists – Teesside University, DigitalCity, Materials Processing Institute and NEPIC –  to provide single coherent and coordinated solution to meeting the innovation challenges of small and medium-sized businesses in the Tees Valley.


Teesside University

Every year Teesside University works with hundreds of different companies providing them with research and innovation, consultancy, knowledge exchange, start-up incubation and mentoring, and graduate placements.   Our clients range from micro-companies to multinational businesses and major public sector organisations.   For the clarity to see where you can go, the connections to get where you want to be, and he power to unlock real power in your business – talk to us at Teesside University.

At Teesside University we are dedicated to helping your company make the most of the knowledge, insights and networks that Teesside University has to offer.

Laura Woods

Director, Department of Academic Enterprise


DigitalCity can offer you the assistance and support to push your business further, whatever your current level of operation. We provide a single coherent package of interventions to support companies in key growth sectors take on digital innovation for performance improvement.   Working with us can benefit your business in a range of ways, developing ideas or offering professional, skilled support you need to progress your business. Explore our unique set of services and support options to see how we can best help your business grow.  

DigitalCity has been a great support to VisualSoft by bringing in specialist support in a number of key areas aligned in the digital sector to both further and complement what we do. These specialist skills were an amazingly high quality and something that we couldn’t recruit for directly.  

Dean Benson


Materials Processing Insititue (MPI)

The Materials Processing Institute is an open access technology centre helping organisations to develop, commercialise and improve technology.   The Institute has extensive materials processing knowledge built up over more than 70 years, across traditional, new and expanding industries; this knowledge is targeted to support the development of new and improved materials, products and processes.   The Institute’s team of scientists, engineers and project managers provide scientific, technical and commercial expertise to organisations ranging in size from startups and SMEs to large multi-nationals. Support includes access to state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, workshops, demonstration, scale-up and production facilities.

We can provide a tailored package of technical, business and finance support to help your business grow. We provide the location, facilities and expertise to meet industries’ technology, innovation and business support needs.

Dr Gerard Stephens

Director SME Technology Centre


NEPIC is an award-winning membership cluster organisation that works across a broad range of inter-related chemical industries. Together with our member companies, we strive to make the North East one of the most competitive and successful chemical-processing locations in Europe.   We engage with a wide diversity of chemical industries such as: bioprocessing , chemicals, polymers and composites, pharmaceuticals, specialities, and renewable energy and low carbon materials and support them to become successful and sustainable organisations in a collaborative business environment.

Since first joining the Cluster in 2012, Biochemica has benefited from NEPIC’s unique collaborative approach, from member programme participation to accessing the team’s specialist skills. This allowed us to engage widely within the North East process sector to support our continued growth.

Dave Ruddy

Managing Director, Biochemica UK Ltd
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