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.

Finally, the push your startup has been waiting for

If you have an idea for a new, high growth business, you’re in the right place.

The High Potential Startups 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, access finance and find co-founders.

Expressions of Interest for the fourth round of High Potential Startups are now open.

Make the leap now.

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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.