The Innovation Sprint

Disruption has become the new norm and the Fourth Industrial Revolution demands that businesses be more innovative, collaborative and agile.

To better understand what this means for businesses in the North already, we brought close to 100 business leaders together during a sprint of interactive workshops across the North. We wanted to hear different perspectives and experiences of businesses, academia and investors to better understand how business communities across the North can seize the upside of disruption to unlock business and economic growth.

The desire from the business community to join the discussions demonstrated that there is a real appetite to better connect and collaborate across a shared agenda, with a genuine feeling among those in the room that ‘tomorrow begins today’. Common themes emerged across the discussions and what was striking was that most of the action points are within the gift of business to drive and implement.