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Company Creation

Company Creation

We have an excellent track record for producing spin out companies from research.

We contribute significantly to the regional economy through the creation of high technology, innovative commercial companies that have been spun out from University research. 

Along with the founding academics, Business Development Managers and an extensive network of external business managers and funders, we strive to create successful new businesses.

As the Company Creation team, we have extensive, hands-on experience of creating and successfully managing businesses at the forefront of innovation. The team is headed up by Rick McCordallHead of Company Creation and Lizzie Withington, Company Creation Manager.  If you would like to discuss any business opportunities with the team please contact Jill Moffat.

We are founding members of the Northern Accelerator programme: four North East universities working together to make a step change in delivering research to the marketplace and to develop entrepreneurship amongst academics. 

Despite 2020 being a year of uncertainty and challenge for many, Newcastle University has launched five new socially conscious businesses, with the mission to create positive change for the North East, the UK and the world. This was highlighted in an article published in the Journal. Another article featured in the Sunday Telegraph focusses on the boom in North East research led university start-ups.

Prof Che Connon introduces one of Atelerix's technologies.

Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator is an exciting collaboration between four North East universities to commercialise research and boost the region’s economy.

Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities are working together to accelerate the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities. We bring together academics and business leaders, with a host of funding and support, to form sustainable businesses that create more and better jobs.
Backed by funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, we have made a demonstrable impact in company, wealth and employment creation.
With a pipeline of innovation from a strong research base and teams with excellent technology transfer experience, our collaborative approach is developing untapped potential and transforming the North East’s university innovation infrastructure.
Our support covers every stage of the research commercialisation journey, from the germ of an idea through to the launch and growth of a successful spin-out business.

Where the funding for Northern Accelerator comes from

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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