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Investing in Innovation

Support new high tech companies that are created from world leading research.


Over the last five years the number and quality of North East university spin-out companies has grown. The companies create impact from world-leading research, commercialising innovation and boosting the region’s economy.

Key to the success has been the Northern Accelerator scheme. This is a collaboration between five universities. The scheme assures the viability of spin-out prospects. It also places business leaders into university spin-outs at the earliest stage.

With more companies emerging and growing, we are looking for an investor who will:

  • anchor a North East venture capital fund
  • assure a pipeline of spin-out companies by funding Northern Accelerator
  • support North East SMEs to innovate
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Why Newcastle and the North East?

Northern Accelerator creates high-value companies, supporting them ready for growth. Your support can create a pipeline of investment opportunities in high-growth sectors.

38 businesses have spun-out in the last five years. Most of those companies are led by experienced business leaders, brought in by Northern Accelerator’s Executives into Business programme.

The businesses being created are attractive to investors. They have raised £100M+ in the last five years.

The impact of Northern Accelerator has led recently to the University of York joining the partnership.

The facts

Promoter: North East universities

Scale: £55M+

Investment type: commercial, venture capital

Programme: 2023 – 2028

Who's involved?

  • Northstar Ventures
  • Durham University
  • Northumbria University
  • Sunderland University
  • Teesside University
  • University of York

Three opportunities

Venture North

  • £50M to a venture capital fund

Working with Northstar Ventures, you can create an investment fund that supports spin-out companies. This investment will also unlock c.£30M of committed funding.

Northern Accelerator

  • £5M to assure the future of the Northern Accelerator Programme

The Northern Accelerator programme is a proven success. The scheme embeds experienced entrepreneurial business leaders into university start-ups at the earliest stage. It has driven a step change in the commercialisation of research.


  • £5M to fund an SME innovation programme 

We would encourage prospective investors to consider also funding Arrow. It supports North East SMEs with innovation support from academics and researchers.