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Welcome to the home of the West Yorkshire Innovation Festival 
15-19th March 2021 

Here to help you innovate.

The West Yorkshire Innovation Festival is raising the profile of innovation

in the Leeds City Region by bringing together innovative businesses, expertise, resources, and support available to shout about what’s happening in our region. 

Created by the West Yorkshire Innovation Network and coordinated by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), the aim is to help SMEs in our region to innovate, to discover the support available and to build connections, so they can improve efficiencies, increase productivity and build resilient businesses. 

In these unprecedented times, now more than ever, we want to encourage ideas and collaboration to create new opportunities, positive change and foster a culture of innovation for future prosperity, business growth and economic recovery. 

It will be a week of virtual events from workshops to talks, masterclasses and knowledge sharing to interviews with innovative businesses.

Who's it for?

Open to businesses, individuals, creatives, academics, those with a spark of an idea, entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups and anyone who has an interest in how things can be done differently, do things better and make positive changes through innovation.  


The Events page includes all upcoming events and is updated regularly with more information and registration details. Keep checking back for updates.

We’re creating a place for inspiration, for people and businesses to thrive and collaborate. We want to support and develop new ideas so we’re a region where innovation happens, we move forwards, and we help each other. 

We're here to help you innovate. We want to develop your ideas. We want to connect you with the right support. We want to cultivate a culture of innovation across the Leeds City Region. 

What is innovation?

Innovation means different things to different people. It can be described using words like creativity, new, change, improve, collaboration, different and beneficial. 

Any business that wants to make positive change through new ideas and new ways of doing things, or has a forward-thinking approach to their work, is innovating. 

Our aim


What is the West Yorkshire Innovation Network?

Through improved partnerships working across local, regional and national innovation players, we can drive up demand for the support available and improve the supply and provision for businesses. 

Who's involved?

The West Yorkshire Innovation Network was established to bring together the range of innovation support from across the region, with the aim of better supporting businesses with their innovation needs. 

The innovation ecosystem across the region and surrounding areas, including support providers who can help you innovate. 

Find out what's on and book your place!


This festival is a celebration of some of the innovative approaches, concepts and support that the region has to offer, with events from universities and academics, business support programmes, innovation experts and leaders, and of course those lessons learnt and inspiring stories from businesses who eat, sleep, innovate, repeat. 

Join us for one, 10 or all events as we showcase some of the best of what our region has to offer in innovation. 

What's on?

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You can also keep in touch and up to date with what is happening via the Leeds City Region LEP Social Media channels.

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