Venture Capital Funds

  • Solar Capture

    North East Proof of Concept Fund

    The £20.7m 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 £34m 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

May 2016

Low Carbon Lighting expands into new premise in Northumberland

  LED lighting manufacturer Low Carbon Lighting (LCL) is beginning the financial year with a move to larger premises in Cramlington, following a period of significant growth. The company, which designs and builds energy efficient lighting solutions, will be opening …

May 2016

LyteSpark launches new video conferencing platform following six-figure investment

  An Angel backed start-up has launched a new video conferencing platform this month, following a six-figure investment. The company, which has offices at Google’s Campus London and Newcastle’s Toffee Factory, also received £100k from venture capital firm Northstar Ventures, …

Apr 2016

North East businesses come together to support region’s charitable sector

North East businesses came together last month at an event exploring the support available for the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The North East Investment Readiness Breakfast was held at CastleGate in Newcastle on Tuesday, hosted by regional …

Apr 2016

Northstar Ventures looking to invest £6million in 2016

Venture capital firm Northstar Ventures has today announced it is looking to invest £6million in North East businesses in 2016 from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator and Proof of Concept Funds. With offices in Newcastle and Darlington, the …

Mar 2016

SaaS Marketing Technology start-up raises over €1 million investment to support international expansion

A technology company that helps brands engage with customers both online and offline recently raised over €1 million of investment. Verticly, which currently has offices in London and Newcastle, will be continuing its international expansion following the raise. The company …

Feb 2016

The sky’s the limit for VREO

A North East based company that manufactures USB3.0 interfaces for a range of cameras has reached a key milestone, following a 6-figure investment from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund. Vision systems manufacturer VREO Innovation Ltd has brought …


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