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Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

Arrow: Supporting Innovation in the North East

We're making it easier for you to work with us. Are you looking into new products, processes or services? The Arrow project matches academics, innovators and North East SMEs, charities and CICs to speed up innovation.

Two programmes of support

Innovation Catalyst - connecting people

We will work with you to develop your idea into a project brief including: aims, requirements, deliverables, risks and timeline.

In the delivery phase of the project, you can access:
  • Innovation Associates - specialists focused on creative origination
  • Academic expertise - a world class researcher will be part of your project team
  • Business Development Managers - experts in Intellectual Property, patents and more
  • Guidance to other partners including
    • National Innovation Centre for Data
    • National Innovation Centre for Ageing
    • Knowledge Transfer Partnership team
    • Catapults, Centres of Excellence and more ...
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Innovation Accelerator - match funding to access services

This scheme offers up to £10k of match funding. Our 50/50 funding partnership with your SME would support access to third party services for: 

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

For a short project, it has produced a lot of useful data particularly comparing healthspan with lifespan and producing evidence supporting the concept of the SMART lifespan.

This data will be used to interest new customers especially once they’ve been published. We have successfully raised second-round investment from existing private investors, allowing us to recruit a Sales Manager, and this would not have been possible without the work done in the Arrow project and the expert insight from customers including Satomi and Thomas.’ David Weinkove, CEO, Magnitude Biosciences

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