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Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

Innovation can play a key role in long term success for start-ups, scale-ups and established companies. Arrow can help you take your next steps.

Are you looking to develop new products, processes or services?

Whether your business innovation aim is to develop a new product or service, access new markets or gain market share, Arrow can provide access to academics, innovators and experts to help you on your innovation journey.

How does it work?

"I need the right people."

Initially, the Arrow team will work with you to develop your idea into a project brief, including aims, requirements, deliverables and timelines. Then we’ll put together a fully-funded project team to work on your project, providing your SME access to:

  • Innovation specialists
  • World-class researchers 

You'll also receive guidance from our other partners, including:

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"I need funding."

If the barrier to your innovation is funding, we can help there too.  Arrow can offer up to £10,000 of match funding

Our 50/50 funding partnership with your SME will let you buy services or equipment from third parties for:

  • proof of concept and validation
  • survey and feasibility testing
  • product design, development and prototyping
  • analysis and testing
  • commercial and contract research

Can Arrow help me?

If you’re in need of support with research and innovation, take the next steps with Arrow.

If you need more information on how we could help you, take a look at the case studies below.

Where the funding comes from

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

The £3.4m ERDF-supported programme aims to translate University research and innovation projects into operational business innovation programmes and services. Arrow will simplify the process for SMEs to engage with the University, and in doing so will increase regional SME engagement with research and innovation activities with the University.

In line with the North East LEP's 'Smart Specialisation' areas, Arrow's target sectors are:

  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Creative and digital technologies
  • Offshore, subsea and energy technologies