Tees Valley Business Challenge

The Tees Valley Business Challenge is delivering  new products and services for large organisations' challenges by supporting Tees Valley small businesses and social enterprises to develop solutions.

Project aims

Strengthening innovation maturity in the Tees Valley economy
Build resilience for post-Covid economic recovery
Unlock growth potential

The project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and innovative approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

Tees Valley Business Challenge is being delivered in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority by Edge Innovation, working with RTC North, AHSN-NENC, Dynamo, NEPIC, VONNE and Teesside University.

 

 

 

 


Empowering VCSEs through meaningful connection with the private sector

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Connecting large commercial organisations with voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) to develop innovative opportunities for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to improve volunteering, engagement and VCSE development.


Product design with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust

This project is now closed but please email us if you would like further details of future projects.

We are looking for a product designer or manufacturer to design a new trolley allowing discreet transfer of deceased people which negates the anxiety that is typically associated with death.


Process and Manufacturing with P&G: A factory's first step toward NetZero

This project is now closed but please email us if you would like further details of future projects.

We are looking for products and services that will help P&G’s R&D centre take the first steps on their decarbonisation journey by supporting the reduction of carbon emissions from existing gas boilers, through innovative engineering solutions.


Social Enterprise with NEA: Using the global crisis to catalyse social innovation

This project is now closed but please email us if you would like further details of future projects.

In the context of ongoing energy and climate crises, we are looking for products and services that can tackle fuel poverty, kickstart fair and equitable pathways to decarbonise homes, and improve health and wellbeing in the communities of Tees Valley.


Digital Transformation with AV Dawson: Empowering action through data

This project is now closed but please email us if you would like further details of future projects.

We are looking for products and services that will bring together and visualise multimodal logistics data sources to empower AV Dawson to generate business reports which can aid objective decision making.


Wellbeing Challenge with St John Ambulance: Wellbeing for all in the workplace

This project is now closed but please email us if you would like further details of future projects.

We are looking for products and services that will support employers to become more aware of the benefits of good mental health within the workplace to focus on prevention rather than the response to mental health incidents.


Grow Tees Valley is a part-funded service available to growth-oriented Tees Valley businesses employing fewer than 250 staff with an annual turnover no greater than €50m per annum. The Grow Tees Valley project is receiving up to £3.238m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The support activities, delivered by Edge, will consist of: 

A series of cohort-based design workshops will provide more detail on each stage of the design process: discover, define, develop, and deliver. We will provide processes and activities to help you develop a greater understanding of users’ needs and how to use this to develop your proposition.    

The opportunity to receive coaching in between each workshop: here organisations will be helped review their current offering and guided through the implementation of design-led processes on a 1-to-1 basis.    

The programme is free to join and will include a minimum of 12 hours of support delivered by Edge.