Friday 2nd July 2010

First Friday North East is an informal forum to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.

The events are specifically targeted at the science community, including entrepreneurs, designers, scientists and financiers.

Events take place on the first Friday of every month at Central Bean Coffee Shop on Gallowgate in Newcastle city centre.

The next event takes place on Friday 2nd July between 8-10am. Please register your attendance at [email protected]

Thursday 1st July 2010

The over 50s are 20 million strong, hold over 80% of the UK’s wealth and are responsible for around 40% of UK consumer spending. This presents a fantastic opportunity for businesses to engage and trade with a longer living, healthier and increasingly demanding and diverse population.

To understand the impact of this opportunity, Newcastle University, invites local businesses to an event which aims to identify how these opportunities can be maximised. The event will be hosted by Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE, an internationally renowned expert on ageing and Director of the Institute of Ageing and Health, followed by an opportunity to discuss your business with staff from the University in a networking session.

The event takes place on Thursday 1st July from 2pm, at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. To register for the event visit

Monday 14th June 2010

Promoting effective leadership within the Science and Technology based sectors for start-up companies and SMEs.

8am – Registration and breakfast

8.30-10.30am – Workshop

You’ve been enjoying our first Friday events and now Newcastle Science City is offering you a unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills, making you a more capable and confident leader and helping your organisation to prosper. Our breakfast workshop will be led by one of Europe’s top leadership coaches, Steve Radcliffe whose ambition is to help develop people, regardless of their position or job title, who truly know how to develop as leaders.

Steve wants a future where the question “How are we leading this place and how can we do it better?”  is part of an explicit and regular conversation throughout organisations.

Steve’s highly effective and proven coaching style will help you to identify what’s most important to you as a leader, showing you how to identify the areas where you, personally should focus your efforts. The workshop will give you the actions, practices and guidelines you need to accelerate your leadership skills, whatever you are aiming to achieve.

“Leadership is not about making clever decisions and doing bigger deals. It is about helping release the positive energy that exists naturally within people. Leadership isn’t complicated –
keep it simple, make it count.”


Steve will focus on:

  • How to recruit the right people for your business and how your leadership style might affect the appointments you make amongst others
  • The importance of strong leadership both in dealing with VC companies who look at the whole team – not just the key players- as well as how it affects your ability to communicate your vision and goals for success and engender team spirit
  • The challenges of being a good leader within a science or technology based business – is it any different being a good leader in fmcg or public sector organisations
  • Gaining a better understanding of effective leadership and people skills from the early days of start up


Steve has published several books and in November was picked as a ’rising star’ by the compilers of
‘The Thinkers 50’ list of most influential management thinkers.
You can find out more about Steve by visiting his website

Thursday 10th June 2010

The Cambridge Technology Ventures Conference 2010 will serve as a platform to display how high-tech products continue to push back the boundaries of human ability. Breakthroughs in bioengineering, sensors, and smart materials are transforming recreational and professional sports. New feats are achieved daily and new avenues are available to engage sports and gaming consumers thanks to current multimedia technology. The Telegraph has already coined this era as The Golden Decade of Sports in the UK, and Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) hopes to address the opportunities and limitations of high-tech businesses entering this timely market.

A major component of the event is the Technology Showcase, which aims to give early-stage start-up companies the chance to demonstrate their new technologies to the conference attendees. This year’s event includes a showcase competition in which entrepreneurs will pitch their companies to a selected audience of investors and entrepreneurs. Newcastle Science City supported Adtronik will feature in the technology showcase this year.

For more information and ticket bookings visit:

For more information about Adtronik visit:

Tuesday 8th June 2010

A one day free workshop that will allow you to find out how your company can benefit from state of the art collaborative tools to allow project teams to share data and programs through carefully managed and trustworthy mechanisms.  The Inkspot Science web-based platform offers open access to a library of sophisticated analytical software, combined with innovative workflow tools to automate data processing and analysis, and will enable your company to get to market faster, build your reputation, give you a significant competitive advantage and supports the creation of profitable, sustainable growth business opportunities.

If you want to find out more about how innovative companies can analyse data, run workflows, share their work with selected individuals and groups and ‘do science’ faster, more cheaply, more efficiently and effectively, this workshop run in collaboration with Newcastle Science City is for you.

To apply for a place or to find out more, please contact Joanna Berry on 0787 554 1180 or email [email protected]

The event runs from 5-9pm.

Tuesday 25th May 2010

Looking for support in the development of new products and services for the healthcare and wellbeing sector?

Northumbria University’s Nurture Programme can help.

Join us at this breakfast meeting to find out more about how the Nurture Programme can support your business.

Northumbria University’s Nurture Programme offers small to medium size businesses, based in the North East of England, access to skills and expertise to develop innovative solutions for the healthcare and wellbeing market.

The Nurture Programme will provide £1.6m of design-led support, funded by One North East and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF 2007-13) over the next 3 years. The programme will offer North East businesses access to an integrated service of multidisciplinary design and development expertise, providing clear and practical development route from initial research through to the development of fully market-ready products and services.

Northumbria University’s aim is to support North East businesses in growing through the development of innovative and commercially successful healthcare products and services that provide high value to the end user. The Nurture Programme is co-funded by One North East, the European Regional Development Fund and Northumbria University.

If you are a North East based business looking to develop products and services for the healthcare and wellbeing sector, come to this breakfast meeting to find out how you can gain access to this programme.

The meeting will explain how the Nurture Programme can help your business, what the application process is to gain this invaluable support as well as showcase some of the companies that have already benefited from this programme.

The FREE breakfast meeting will be held on the 25th May, 8am – 10.30am at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Don’t miss out, register now (places are limited). To register, please contact Samantha Davidson on 0191 519 7416 or by emailing [email protected]

Thursday 20th May 2010

A Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Thursday 20th May 2010  4pm – 9pm (including refreshments and canapés)
Friday 21st May 2010  9am- 4pm (including refreshments and lunch)

Do you have an innovative idea or a technology that you would like to take to market?

As a regional SME or entrepreneur, this workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the commercialisation lifecycle for innovative ideas and technologies
  • Improve and fine tune you investor pitch
  • Develop an immediate action plan to commercialise your idea

You will also develop a network of like-minded entrepreneurial colleagues and gain access to invaluable resources and management tools.

How is it delivered?

The workshop is highly interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and application of ideas to your own circumstances.  You will experience an engaging mix of presentations, activities, reflection and application of concepts to case studies and to real-life issues.

Who is it delivered by?

Maffick, a team of innovation consultants, with a unique, powerful and entertaining style of delivery. Previous participants have taken away an energetic and vibrant approach to pitching their business ideas. The tools and techniques demonstrated stay with participants long after the workshop has been completed, and have had dramatic positive effects.
Delivery is complemented by Regional Experts from Sphera Consulting, RMT, BHP Law and Murgitroyd & Company providing advice on every critical issue. Advice ranges from initial company formation to IP protection, legal considerations, business planning, exploitation strategies, funding and finance raising, commercialisation, licensing, and business growth.    


To book your place on this unique workshop download and complete the registration form (see below).

Alternatively contact either:
[email protected]
0191 211 3014


[email protected]  
01704 625 775

 “…exactly 7 days after getting the pitch advice from you I was putting into practice… the investor really liked the pitch and provisionally agreed to the investment there and then with the one proviso that he invest twice as much as I was asking for. Happy days!”

“Thanks…for a superbly constructed and enjoyably delivered day and a half of quality material. I’ve already edited some of my pitch documents and will carry the excellent instruction you offered forward throughout my business future…”

Hosted by NSC in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network at CPI. Enterprise Europe Network and Newcastle Science City share a common mission to help regional businesses in the full life cycle of commercialisation of innovative ideas.

Tuesday 11th May 2010

Entrpreneurs will be invited to design a business using the insight led model of business creation of the Newcastle Innovation Machine. Participants will be given access to the Newcastle Science City Insights Database to browse insights that have been gathered in the Science City themes. Individuals will be encouraged to select their favorite insights and attend the event to build compelling business propositions using the NIM tools and techniques, with the support of innovation and business experts.

The day will culminate with presentations pitching the business proposition to a panel of judges. The best propositions will be eligible for continued support for 3-6 months leading to incorporation of viable companies.

Do you have what it takes to develop a compelling business proposition in a day? please contact Caroline Findlay [email protected]

Thursday 22nd April 2010

Transforming a software idea into a valid and marketable business opportunity can be time consuming and incredibly high risk to existing businesses and usually an insurmountable barrier to many new start ups.

Combining its extensive knowledge, technical expertise and specialist networks Codeworks Digital Evaluation Vehicle (DEV) offers a unique software application prototyping service to North East innovators reducing barriers, time and most importantly risk!

What makes DEV unique?

Codeworks DEV is the only service of its type in the UK and Europe offering:

– Complete Project Management support

– Market research

– Expertise in Prototype design, build and Testing

– Match funded

Why should you attend?

Come along to St James Park on 22nd April, meet the DEV team and understand how the service could work for your business. The ultimate aim of DEV is the de-risking of your software venture in three significant areas:

1 –  Market Testing: reduce cost and time, find the ‘sweet spot’ with customers

2 –  Intellectual Property: Increase potential novelty and security

3 –  Innovation: Reduce opportunity/cost barrier to the inventor

Along side the DEV team will be three companies who have successfully engaged with the DEV project. Pelaw Packaging, 1DayLater and LamasaTech representatives will be available to discuss their experience and provide inspiration to take the next step.

Unleash your ideas on the DEV team at a “one to one” session during the networking hour. Please state if you wish to participate in a “one to one” session when booking.

To book your free place contact Toni Allen on [email protected]  or call on 0191 230 5742

Friday 16th April 2010

Information sharing and networking event targeted at the NECC membership to raise awareness of how members can get involved with Newcaste Science City and access high growth and innovation led business support. The event will host speakers from both Newcastle University and Newcastle Science Company Limited.

In partnership with NECC. Non NECC members are  welcome.

To register your interest please contact Caroline Findlay [email protected]