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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Are you a Future Founder? Training opportunity for academics to develop the commercial potential of research

Academics at Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities are invited to apply for a new training opportunity.

Have you got product, service or license opportunities in mind right now, or want to develop the commercial potential of your research in future?

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To date we have

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

Case studies

Newcastle University Atelerix

Atelerix was the first Northern Accelerator spin-out, with CEO Dr Mick McLean recruited through the project’s ‘Execs into Business’ programme.


Intogral Limited

Intogral has developed a world leading technology to support the diagnosis of eye-diseases.


Magnitude Biosciences

This Durham University spin-out is helping companies discover and develop new age-related treatments faster.


Research to treat rare genetic diseases

Healthcare experts and collaborators at Sunderland have been awarded funding of almost £50,000 from Northern Accelerator to develop a drug for the pre-clinical proof-of-concept stage over the next eight months


Breath diagnostic device

This innovative device could revolutionise the way we diagnose diseases, such as the newly emerged strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. To date, systems that diagnose from breath sampling have not proven to be reliable enough due to contamination, sample loss and variability issues.


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Atelerix was the first Northern Accelerator spin-out, with CEO Dr Mick McLean recruited through the project’s ‘Execs into Business’ programme.


Northern Accelerator support includes...

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

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

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

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

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

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