Northern Accelerator is an exciting collaboration between four North East universities to commercialise research and boost the region’s economy.

Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities are working together to accelerate the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities. We bring together academics and business leaders, with a host of funding and support, to form sustainable businesses that create more and better jobs.

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To date we’ve…

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Million pounds allocated

to 44 projects to help academics to take their ideas closer to commercialisation.

Case studies

Atelerix
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY A new biotech spin-out, Atelerix, is offering encapsulated human cells in an alginate gel made from seaweed making them practical, adaptable and easy to store and transport, even at room temperature.
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Northern Accelerator support includes…

Ideas Impact Hub

We encourage academics to embrace opportunities for enterprise – providing training to help recognise and exploit intellectual property.

Pre-incorporation funds

We offer funding for academics to take high-quality research projects closer to commercialisation.

Innovation assessment

We offer a detailed business-readiness diagnostic of commercial opportunities, providing robust external due-diligence.

Executives into business

We have a pool of experienced and talented business executives to match to opportunities to lead university spin-outs.

Seed fund

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

Venture capital fund

Northern Accelerator will create a sustainable change in the innovation environment through an ongoing venture fund for university spin-outs.