Venture Capital Funds

Social Investment Fund

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    North East Social Investment Fund

    The North East Social Investment Fund invests in sustainable Social Enterprises to improve their social impact in key priority sectors.

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Portfolio Phase Funds

  • ASL

    Proof of Concept Fund

    The Proof of Concept Fund was launched in December 2003 to invest in local science and technology-based companies in their earliest stages.

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  • Reinnervate

    Co-Investment Fund

    The £23m North East Co-Investment Fund provided financial backing to local innovative enterprises, syndicating its deals with the private sector.

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  • Solar Capture

    North East Proof of Concept Fund

    The £20.7m North East Proof of Concept Fund invested at the seed stage in the technology sector and other high growth sectors.

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  • Song For Marion

    North East Creative Content Fund

    The Creative Content Fund was aimed at the North East commercial creative sector, focussing on TV, film, interactive media, music and games industries. Find Out More

  • Beyond Digital Solutions

    North East Accelerator Fund

    The £34m Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund invested in high growth, innovative early stage businesses.

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Northstar Ventures is a venture capital firm based in the North East of England.  We invest in innovative, high growth businesses and social enterprises across the region.

We are dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with the support they need to fulfil their ambitions and to achieve social impact through our investments.

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Latest News

Apr 2017

Zerolight win Venture-backed Management Team at BVCA Awards 2017

BVCA announces winners of Yorkshire & North East Management Team Awards 2017 Leading businesses in Yorkshire and the North East were celebrated this week at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Management Team Awards 2017, the annual celebration of …

Jan 2017

Success for Brand Ami and TryLife at Pitch@Palace competition

Two Northstar Ventures backed tech companies have progressed through to the next stage of a Royal competition. Brand Ami and TryLife were voted through to the bootcamp stage of the Pitch@Palace 7.0 competition at an event at the Sunderland Software …

Dec 2016

Investment to help innovative new app join social media scene

Pogo Limited has secured a £100,000 investment to help it launch its new photography-based social media app. The investment comes from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures. Pogo is an innovative social …

Dec 2016

Middleton Backs Job Creation at Newcastle Utility Start-Up

North East investor and philanthropist Jeremy Middleton has backed a Newcastle-based start-up, as part of a round of investment led by Northstar Ventures. His first major investment since the end of his mayoral campaign, Mr Middleton’s stake in One Utility …

Dec 2016

Northstar Ventures becomes an Access Point

On 24th October 2016, Northstar Ventures became the first North East based Access Point, allowing it to help charities and social enterprises secure social investment more quickly. Access Points are social investors designated by the Reach Fund to refer charities …

Dec 2016

Specialist recruitment platform Profile receives £150k investment.

A Sunderland-based start-up has received £150,000 investment to support its spin out from alternative energy service provider Green Marine Solutions (GMS). The funding comes from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures. The spin out, …

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