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.

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May 2016

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May 2016

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May 2016

Low Carbon Lighting expands into new premise in Northumberland

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May 2016

LyteSpark launches new video conferencing platform following six-figure investment

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Apr 2016

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

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Apr 2016

Northstar Ventures looking to invest £6million in 2016

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