The Northern Accelerator – Integrating Capabilities in the North East
Lead higher education institution (HEI): Durham University
Higher education (HE) partners: Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland
In a local innovation ecosystem which has yet to reach its potential and has a high dependence on HEI research, the four North East Universities aim to deliver a step change in commercialising research to deliver economic impact in support of the North East priority technology/industrial sectors. The Northern Accelerator will enhance the network of entrepreneurs embedded in early stage spin-out formation, enhance academic commercialisation aspirations though an ideas impact hub, deliver proof of concept support and establish a seed capital investment fund. This integrated approach aims to provide the commercial pipeline to feed into, and de-risk, the establishment of a legacy NE Universities Investment Fund.