The Innovate Tees Valley project combines the knowledge and expertise of four business growth specialists, creating a powerful innovation super network.

Innovate Tees Valley is here to help you take your business idea forward.  Combining the resources, expertise and networks of its four partners – Teesside University, DigitalCity, NEPIC and the Materials Processing Institute – it provides the platform to help build innovation capacity and break into new markets and sectors with new products and services.

Our aim is to focus on what you need, drawing support from across a range of services and products and connections that can best help your company to innovate and grow.


Innovation advice and support

If you have an idea for an innovative product or service, our experienced team at The Forge offers impartial innovation advice and support to help take your ideas forward. Our specialist knowledge of the innovation and funding landscape, coupled with industry-specific expertise, cutting-edge academic research and...


Knowledge Exchange Internships

Teesside University has an excellent reputation for offering practical and results-driven solutions for business. Our Knowledge Exchange Internships give you a unique chance to engage with academic and specialist experts, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Benefits to you Gives you ...


Smart product development & manufacturing

Smart product development and smart manufacturing use technology to develop and scale-up research to bring ideas, processes and products to market. Smart products incorporate a variety of technologies including electronics, photonics, mechanics, wireless, chemical and biological, as well as advanced manufacturing...


DigitalCity – leading digital innovation

Digital defines the way we do business today. For traditional industries, the extent to which they adapt to digital change is a major factor in deciding whether they succeed, stall or fail in the future. At the same time, digital is now the driving force powering the growth of new businesses and new sectors. Thro...


Materials Processing Institute

Innovation is about improving products, processes and services leading to business efficiencies and growth and is crucial to the continued success of any organisation. With over 70 years’ excellence in materials and process innovation, the Materials Processing Institute has extensive industry knowledge, and throu...


NEPIC – championing collaboration

Innovation is essential to the long-term future of any business. Its benefits are far-reaching – from spotting new markets, to new ways of working and collaborating, to improvements in existing products and services – innovative businesses are more profitable and more sustainable. Whilst many business leaders kno...

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