The competition's co-ordinator, Professor Max Robinson, Enterprise Education Manager at NECSE
, who has himself taken a company from start-up to the London Stock Exchange, says he is delighted with the response.
Also taking part is the NECSE - the North-East Centre for Scientific Enterprise - a partnership of the North-East's five universities based at Mountjoy research centre in Durham City.
3m indirect government grant, the NECSE plans to showcase a range of scientific innovations, hoping to develop partnerships with industry that will convert the ideas into products.
The Bury St Edmunds Business to Business Fair, operated by NECSES Events, will feature demonstrations by a variety of local companies operating in a number of different industry sectors.