Proof of Concept Fund

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

The capital was provided by the European Regional Development Fund and One North East with the intention that these investments would catalyse innovation from the region’s science and technology base in both academia and the SME community.

Owing to the success of the £0.75m pilot fund and the £10m main fund, a further £2 million was made available to entrepreneurs to the end of 2009.

We hope you enjoy looking through a selection of the POC portfolio.

Latest News

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, …

Dec 2016

Cramlington-based business warming UK homes after £500k investment

A business based in Cramlington is planning a national expansion following £500k investment. The funding comes from the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, which has invested £350k alongside an angel investor. Boilerplan UK supplies …

Dec 2016

Northstar named at CIPR North East PRide Awards in Newcastle

The cream of the region’s public relations scene has been championed at the sector’s annual awards night. More than 160 PR professionals gathered at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle for the 2016 CIPR North East PRide Awards, which celebrate exceptional …

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