Venture Capital Funds

  • Solar Capture

    North East Proof of Concept Fund

    The £18.7m North East Proof of Concept Fund invests at the seed stage in the technology sector and other high growth sectors.

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  • Beyond Digital Solutions

    North East Accelerator Fund

    The £27m Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund invests in high growth, innovative early stage businesses.

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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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  • 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

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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

Jan 2016

Supporting social enterprise and investment in voluntary organisations in Cumbria

In a region where there has been such a difficult start to the New Year there has been some good news, thanks to Northern Rock Foundation, which has announced a further 2 years funding for a Fund set up to …

Jan 2016

North East technology firm – named ‘one of most creative companies in England’ – closes 2nd investment round.

A 3D-printing technology company, which was recently named one of the top 50 most creative firms in England, has closed a 6-figure investment round led by regional investment firm Northstar Ventures. Whispering Gibbon is a technology company that enables virtual …

Dec 2015

Proof that Santa really does fly across the Night ‘Skignz’ on Christmas Eve?

  Augmented Reality company Skignz (think ‘sky-signs’) has launched a novel Christmas countdown to help parents get their kids into bed on Christmas Eve. This Christmas Eve, Skignz users will be able to use the app to reveal Santa Claus …

Nov 2015

Six Figure Investment Helps Solar Angel Fly Higher

A £200,000 investment package is helping a young North East company take the development of its pioneering solar energy panel on to the next exciting stage. The Solar Angel, designed by Consett-based Natural Technology Developments, has been described as the …

Nov 2015

Advancements at online skills assessment service see new jobs for Sunderland

A provider of online skills assessment for the technology industry has experienced rapid growth in its first year, leading to the recruitment of 10 staff in Sunderland. Technically Compatible recently introduced new developments to its testing platform which has not …

Nov 2015

Newcastle based start-up that makes paying bills easier receives six-figure investment.  

A Newcastle University graduate recently received a six-figure investment to help grow his start-up business. The company aims to help tenants, landlords and letting agencies manage bills more easily in shared rented accommodation. Chris Dawson co-founded One Utility Bill after …


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