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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Jul 2015

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Atlas Cloud completes investment round

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