When we think about startups,

we think big

If you’re an entrepreneur with a big idea, the High Potential Startups accelerator programme will help you to bring your idea to life, bigger and better than you can alone.

We’ll help you test your idea, understand customers, fill skills gaps, explore how you can access finance and find co-founders.

Find out more by taking a look at our FAQs and eligibility criteria – then if you think it’s for you, let us know by completing the short form at the bottom of the page.

If you’re an existing business owner, High Potential Startups can help you to encourage intrapreneurship in your business – encouraging employees to operate like entrepreneurs whilst still working for your business can be a great way to enter new markets and develop new products. Find out more here.

Are you someone with a big idea who wants to take the leap and start your own high performing business?

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Are you a business owner who wants to encourage an innovative, more productive workforce?

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Am I eligible to be part of High Potential Startups?

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Thank you for your interest in High Potential Startups

Applications for the fourth round of High Potential Startups are currently paused.

Details of when the Expression of Interest window will reopen will be made via our social media platforms. Please follow the North East Growth Hub on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Or, alternatively, please complete the form below and we will contact you via email with details of the reopening date.

If you are a business or entrepreneur seeking help with business support or how to access finance and funding, expert advice is still available.

Visit the North East Growth Hub or speak to one of Growth Hub Connectors today.

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Just looking for startup funding? If you’re looking for funding only, visit the North East Growth Hub to find sources of finance for startups.