North East Accelerator Fund

The Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund invests in high growth, innovative early stage businesses with individual investments ranging in size from £100k to £750k in a first round of finance, and up to £2 million in any one company overall.

The Fund is targeted at businesses located, or those with substantial operations, in the North East of England.

Investments are generally equity-based, and are often syndicated with private sector investors, including business angels, institutional investors and corporates. Debt or quasi-equity investments will be made where appropriate.

To qualify for investment the opportunity should possess the following characteristics:

  • a strong management team with the ability to grow the company quickly
  • a focus on under-served, growing and potentially substantial markets
  • products with international potential and
  • a scalable business model

The North East Accelerator Fund is backed by the European Investment Bank and European Regional Development Fund.

Please see our Investment Process if you are interested in seeking investment finance.

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