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Seed Fund

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, our seed fund allows spin-outs to demonstrate their value, supporting a pipeline of ambitious, globally scalable businesses. 

The fund, managed Northstar Ventures, has made 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.



We’ve invested £1.8m in 9 businesses, as part of funding rounds that raised an overall £6.2m – therefore helping to leverage significant funding from other investors. 

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

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To Date We Have


Invested from our Seed Investment Fund


Investment Raised by Spin-Outs since 2016


Investments from our Seed Investment Fund