Seed fund2020-08-02T22:37:28+01:00

We have an investment fund of seed capital to help spin-outs validate business models and demonstrate value to investors.

Northern Accelerator is making a long lasting impact on the North East’s innovation ecosystem.

Alongside the creation of a venture capital fund for spin-out businesses from North East universities, our seed fund allows spin-outs to demonstrate their value, supporting a pipeline of ambitious, globally scalable businesses. The fund will make significant investments in businesses with the best commercial ideas and high growth potential in a targeted group of sectors including healthcare, clean technology and data.

Our seed fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, launched in August 2020. We’ll update this page with details of our first investments over the next two months.

“I very much welcome Northern Accelerator’s launch of a Seed Investment Fund. This is an important step along the way for a vital development in the North East that can increase commercialisation of university research and address the Government’s levelling up agenda.”

Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange at Research England

Frequently asked questions

How can I find out more about the Northern Accelerator seed investment fund?2020-08-02T22:39:27+01:00

The fund is managed by Northstar Ventures. To find out more, please speak to the Northern Accelerator project lead at your own university in the first instance.