Make your impact – develop the impact of your research

Researchers at Durham, Newcastle, Northumberland and Sunderland universities can now apply to join spring’s cohort of Action for Impact. Action for Impact is an exciting training opportunity to help you develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of your research. If you want to make a positive change in society by actively applying your research […]

Seed fund makes half a million pound first investments

Northern Accelerator has made over £500,000 worth of investments into innovative university spin-out businesses in the health and biotech sectors from its £1.7M Seed Investment Fund. The business boosting fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, has completed its first two investments which, as part of a wider funding round with other investors, saw two spinouts raise […]

Northern Accelerator and an innovation-led COVID-19 recovery

Tim Hammond, Project Lead for Northern Accelerator, gives his views on an innovation-led COVID-19 recovery The COVID-19 crisis has hit the North East hard. But, whilst the Spending Review was heavily focussed around the “levelling up agenda” and the announcement of a £4bn “Levelling Up Fund”, the region’s post-COVID-19 recovery plans acknowledge the key role […]

Join Northern Accelerator and three of our spin-outs at 2020 BioFocus

Dr Tim Hammond, Northern Accelerator’s project lead, will once again be appearing at BioNow’s annual BioFocus conference. The two-day conference brings together industry, academia and experts within the field of life sciences. Comprising conference, company showcases, pre-booked partnering and virtual networking sessions, the event provides a unique opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, innovations, key […]

North East academic entrepreneurs set for £1.7m funding boost

Northern Accelerator has today launched a new £1.7m seed investment fund that aims to grow the region’s economy by building on its successful record of creating innovative spin-out businesses. Our Seed Investment Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, will complete its first deals in the next two months, with further funding allocated over a 12-month period. […]

More enterprising academics set to benefit from Innovation Assessment

We’ve revised our Innovation Assessment offer so more academics can benefit – get a free assessment of commercial readiness & other specialist consultancy from qualified business analysts and sector specialists at UMi.  Innovation Assessment support is available to potential spin-out companies and other commercialisation prospects from any of our partner universities. Support can be provided […]

New investment routes for North East university spin-outs as Northern Accelerator partners with Northstar Ventures

A partnership of North East universities that is already delivering a step-change in the translation of world-class research into sustainable commercial enterprises is to launch a new seed investment fund for spin-out companies, through a novel partnership with venture capitalist, Northstar Ventures. Northern Accelerator is an innovative collaboration between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities. […]