High Potential Startups is designed to increase the number of businesses turning over £1million by 2024.

Is it time your organisation invested in an employee-led startup?

Investing in staff spin-outs can help you find new solutions and market gaps, as well as pivot new ideas and adapt faster to market conditions.

If it’s bigger and better you’re after, supporting intrapreneurship within your business can drive growth and create investment opportunities. Crucially, it can also help you retain and motivate staff.

If one or more of your team members has got an idea that could benefit your business, we’ll help you test this with the target market, understand your customer base, fill skills and knowledge gaps, access finance and even find co-founders.

This is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to innovate and create investment opportunities with a comprehensive and holistic package of support on hand.

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.

Places are limited, so don’t delay.

Thank you for your interest in High Potential Startups

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our next intake until October 2020. We will be reopening expressions of interest in late August, with taster sessions being held in September.

If you are interested and would like to leave your details, please send them to or complete the form below and we will contact you when the window is open.

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. You could also follow @ growthhubNE to keep up to date with the programme.