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Regional Support

Support for start-ups within North East England

Newcastle's vibrant start-up scene

Newcastle has a thriving start-up scene. Find out more about what is available within the region to help you get your business off the ground.


Co-working spaces where you can meet like-minded people and access specialist support.

  • The START UP Space, Level 1, King's Gate building, offers hot-desking and open-plan meeting space. Perfect for catching up with the team and community.
  • Newcastle Helix brings researchers, start-ups and international brands together. Perfect for a focus on data science, urban science, or life science.
  • Floe and TusPark both offer hot-desking, meeting rooms and private office space. TusPark also has a ‘maker space’. Perfect for connecting and collaborating with other entrepreneurs.
  • One Strawberry Lane has office space, meeting space, co-working spaces, and a cafe for collaborative working. Perfect if you don't want to walk far from campus.
  • Northern Design Centre, part of Design Network North, offers state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Perfect for creative and design-led businesses.
  • PROTO offers advanced technology facilities. This includes a film and TV studio, an immersive lab, sound recording and event space. Perfect for creative tech businesses.

Networks and socials

Join a network or attend a social event to make new connections and drive your business forward.

  • FIRST provide courses, workshops and events. They also run the Startup Awards North East.
  • Generator Union is a membership network and community for creative professionals.
  • Mussel Club is one of the largest networks within the North East business community.
  • NetKno is a good source of networking events and workshops across the region.
  • Sunderland Software City offers business support and events with a focus on digital and tech.


Specialist packages of support to help you launch or grow a business.

  • START UP Founderships is Newcastle University's annual 6-month business pre-accelerator. It helps new and recent graduates to launch ambitious, growth-orientated companies.
  • Ignite offers a 3-month business pre-accelerator for new tech companies. They also offer a 6-month business accelerator for existing tech companies.
  • NatWest Accelerator offers a variety of programmes to help launch, grow or scale a business.

Annual events

Annual start-up events and conferences held in Newcastle.

  • Thinking Digital is a paid-for conference with a focus on digital and tech. It includes thought-provoking talks, workshops and networking.
  • VentureFest is a free conference with a focus on innovation. It includes keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and networking.
  • TechNExt Festival is an annual 5 day festival celebrating tech. It features lots of free events.

More help

General sources of support for North East businesses.