Innovation Showcase

Innovation Showcase is a very special part of the VentureFest conference, designed to shine a light on innovative Tees Valley businesses.

Last summer we worked with innovation experts RTC North to uncover innovative companies that can be found on industrial estates and in office blocks across the area. Take a look below at the amazing Innovation Showcase companies we had join us at VentureFest Tees Valley 2017.

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Introducing our Innovation Showcase companies …




WorldSight Media
is a multimedia production company working across the UK and Europe for the likes of the BBC, FedEX and TNT. Responding to the needs of social media and events companies, it has developed a system that allows a single, highly mobile and highly skilled operative to film, edit and upload completed professional video content on location, within minutes. Read their interview with BQ here. 


The Yorkshire Gelato Company manufactures quality patisserie and gelato. It has developed the UKs first complete nutritional gelato. Proteina Gelato has 24 vitamins and minerals, whey protein isolate, pro biotics and made from slow carbohydrates, Proteina Gelato looks and tastes just like gelato without the sucrose. The Yorkshire Gelato Company has three products aimed at different markets; health care, health conscious and athletes. Read their interview with BQ here. 

Mylearnadfriend is an online SaaS platform enabling E-learning platforms to quickly and easily create, brand, accredit and sell courses to training providers. It also allows Training Providers to create single courses and deliver them directly. The ability to add multiple content types, drag and drop, 360 views, video and other interactive content – places the learner experience as world class. Read their interview with BQ here.

Ojee Golf LTD is a sports technology company that has developed a revolutionary digital training aid to help improve and refine a fundamental component of every golfer’s game, the set up. Talon, a digital display unit that easily attaches to the grip of any golf club in your bag. Using patented technology, it measures and clearly displays four critical angles of address in real-time. Read their interview with BQ here. 

GRN Sportswear is an ethical sportswear brand making technically advanced sports and leisure clothing in the UK.  The range includes cycle and triathlon wear using materials made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets and t -shirts made from bamboo.  They’ll be displaying their latest innovation at VentureFest –  the most sustainable skinsuit in the world. Read their interview with BQ here.

Engineering projects, by their nature are complex. Finding the right information amongst all this complexity can be a challenge. Kraken has built an engineering collaboration platform that collects both the data and the communications during a project. This makes it easier to not only find your information, but to understand it. Read their interview with BQ here. 

Rectrix Drone Services is a ‘disruptive technology’ business, which uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. The company provides bespoke solutions for a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, petrochemical, renewables, surveying, property management integrity and the emergency response sector. The type of services includes asset integrity management inspection, 2D/3D land and building surveying and volumetric analysis. Read their interview with BQ here. 

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies is a global contract development and manufacturing organisation, with sites in Billingham, North Carolina & Texas. It develops novel biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes for customers using cutting edge technology.  They will be showcasing our cell line expression systems and platform processes used to increase productivity and deliver biopharmaceuticals to treat medical complaints on a global scale. Read their interview with BQ here. 

Beanies Coffee Venturefest Tees Valley

Beanies The Flavour Co is an innovative, Darlington-based manufacturer of flavour coffee which sells both in the UK and abroad. Formed in 2013 it produces flavour coffee which has only 2 calories a cup and no added sugar which means it is a great choice for slimmers as well as those looking for something different in a hot beverage. In 2017 the company has added Beanies Plus Vitamin D to its portfolio which deliver a daily dose of vitamin D in one cup and opens the door for further developments in this area. Beanies are stocked in Sainsbury, Poundland, Wyevale Garden Centres and will be in Holland and Barrett from September. Read their interview with BQ here. 


Durable Technologies design and manufacture innovated lighting controls for energy saving in commercial buildings. They have successfully exploited Bluetooth technology and are the first business in their sector to have products on the market. Durable Technologies’ route to market is by allowing multi national companies access to their Intellectual Property in return for their manufacturing facility to exclusively supply.


Nordic Products and Services is a specialist cleaning and coatings company based in Stockton on Tees.  They offer a range of solutions to companies nationally for the removal of and protection against graffiti, water egress and algae growth, building fascia cleaning and dry ice cleaning.  Nordic is currently involved with Bristol City Council on an Urban Regeneration Project across areas of the city along with providing services to transport for London on structures across the city.  They have developed a range of products that they supply to the private and public sectors, including their newest addition, Pro-Guard.


Trade Interchange helps organisations reduce the costs, risks and complexities associated with managing large supplier bases. Their solutions support a range of supplier management activities: from initial tenders and supplier information management, through to supplier contract and performance management. Trade Interchange’s proprietary cloud-based ARCUS® platform is fast to deploy and simple to use, and delivered in a modular format that can be used in any combination or stand alone. ARCUS® supports a range of Supplier Management activities for blue chip clients, such as Whitbread, Domino’s, Pizza Express, Morrisons, AAK and Sodexo.