Current Funds

  • Solvert

    North East Proof of Concept Fund

    The £17m 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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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


Northstar Ventures is a venture capital company dedicated to building successful high growth businesses across the North East of England.

We manage five funds with two that are actively investing:

£17m Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund

£27m Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund

The Proof of Concept and Accelerator Funds are backed by the European Investment Bank and European Regional Development Fund and form part of the £142.5m Finance for Business North East Fund.

Contact Us 0191 229 2770

Latest News

Oct 2014

£6m Available for NE Companies

Northstar Ventures is planning to invest in more than 20 North East companies in the next 18 months after being named as one of the UK’s most active investors.

Oct 2014

Prolific North East entrepreneurs join forces to disrupt the online voucher space

Three prolific North East entrepreneurs have joined forces to launch a new app which promises to take the online voucher space by storm.

Affinity Systems targets job creation a year on from investment

A Sunderland-based IT service provider is looking to create jobs and build on its recent success a year on from securing £100,000 of funding from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, its founder has told Insider.

£100,000 funding boost for recruitment agency

Adept Professional Services Ltd, in Hartlepool, whose clients include blue-chip businesses, received the funding from Northstar Ventures’ Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund.

Aug 2014

Newcastle’s Northstar Ventures listed among most active tech VCs

Newcastle’s Northstar Ventures has been featured on a list of the top 10 most active venture capitalists in the UK.

Aug 2014

Data Shows Which UK VCs Have Been The Most Active In The Last 5 Years

TechCrunch, August 2014 It was only at the end of last month that new data appeared showing that fundraising by European startups was emerging from the bad old days of 2001. Dow Jones VentureSource reported that they’d raised more than $2.8 billion …


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