Contact person
Julie Wake
Phone
0191 229 2770

Northstar Ventures is a venture capital and social investment firm that supports high impact charities and social enterprises in the North East of England.

Northstar Ventures has a dedicated social investment team who, between them, have decades of experience supporting charities and social enterprises.

While we know that social investment isn’t right for every organisation, we do believe that for some charities and social enterprises it can be the key to achieving long-term sustainability. Our investment team, therefore, works closely with an organisation’s Chief Executive and Trustees to ensure that the investment product we offer is the right fit.

We like to say that when we first meet an organisation, we arrive with ‘a blank piece of paper’ – we always try to shape the investment we make to the organisation, not the other way around. As a result, our investments are varied – we have experience with Social Impact Bonds, providing working capital, revolving credit facilities and property acquisition.

Our Funds

North East Innovation Fund

The £27 million Innovation Fund is focussed on backing scalable, innovative businesses throughout County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

North East Angel R&D programme

The £1 million Angel R&D Programme is focussed on backing scalable, innovative businesses throughout County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland who are seeking investment and planning to undertake a research and development project.

Northern Accelerator Seed Investment Fund

The £1.7 million Northern Accelerator Seed Investment Fund is focused on backing scalable, innovative spin-out companies from the four Northern Accelerator partnership universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland.