Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator is an exciting collaboration between the North East’s universities, creating real-world impact from world-leading research, commercialising innovation and boosting the region’s economy.

Finance & funding Business support Start-up Trading business Products and services

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Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities are working together to accelerate the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities.

They 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, they’re already making a demonstrable impact.

Support available

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.

  • Ideas impact hub
  • Pre-incorporation funds
  • Innovation assessment
  • Executives into business
  • Seed fund
  • Venture capital fund


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