Do you dream of starting your own high growth business, with the flexibility and freedom that comes with being your own boss?

Could you grow and scale a business to £1m turnover within three years?

If you have the capability, confidence and a strong concept, we’d like to hear from you.

High Potential Startups is designed to provide all the help you need to make your ambitious vision a reality.

If you’ve got the idea and experience, we’ll help you test market ideas, understand your customer base, fill skills and knowledge gaps, explore how to access finance and find co-founders.

This is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to start a high growth business with a comprehensive and holistic package of support.

Applicants enrolled onto High Potential Startups will benefit from:

  • A series of six structured, intensive and highly immersive workshops designed to inspire and move you through the business planning process and towards business formation. Workshops will be complemented with a range of high-quality learning materials, tools and techniques provided both online and face to face.
  • One-to-one coaching will help you to develop yourself and your ideas.
  • Volunteer mentors and specialists who can support the development of your business.
  • Investor relations and investment readiness support with managed introductions to potential investors.
  • The offer of a grant to help you get your business off the ground.
  • Celebration events and connecting you with the High Potential Startups community.

You can find out more by taking a look at our FAQ’s 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.

Thank you for your interest in High Potential Startups

Applications for the fifth round of High Potential Startups are now open!

Please fill out our Expression of Interest form below and one of the team will be in touch to arrange a call with our Growth Hub Connector, Justin Souter. You should receive an automated response from this form, which includes a link to a questionnaire so you can prepare for your call.

Our Expression of Interest window is scheduled to be open for a period of six weeks, but we will close early should we receive high interest.

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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 schedule an appointment to speak to one of our Growth Hub Connectors.

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