Who we are

We’re a not-for-profit organisation based in Leeds that helps tech and digital start-ups across the North of England raise angel investment and access crucial expert support to help them fulfil their potential. From day one we help entrepreneurs develop their proposition to ensure our angel investors have access to the highest-quality opportunities that the North has to offer.

Our team evaluate every proposition that meets our eligibility criteria. We then help start-ups refine their message and investor approach, providing free advice and connecting them with qualified advisers through our corporate partners should they need specialist support around legal, HR, tax, and more. We then present investor-ready propositions to our angel network and funding communities.

Whilst we use tech platforms as an enabler, we are a people business. A social bunch, we host a programme of events for investors and entrepreneurs throughout the year where we make useful introductions to like-minded people you’ll enjoy meeting and share sector insights.

Driving Digital Growth across the North

We’re more than a community of proud Northerners with a passion for tech innovation. Aligned with the strategic growth ambition of the Northern Powerhouse, NorthInvest exists to fuel the future of the North of England by facilitating investment in start-ups developing new technologies. From the LCD screen to Graphene, this technological innovation is a key part of the North’s heritage and critical to its future as a key player in the information revolution.

In 2018, the Yorkshire & Humber region accounted for  only 2% of the UK equity investment share, and 4% in the North East and 3% in the North West. Our mission is to change this. With an economy now worth over £329 billion – bigger than Belgium, Sweden, Norway and Austria, investment increasing 619% between 2012 and 2017 alone, and with Manchester home to more tech unicorns than Amsterdam, there has been no better time to back the North.

How we do it

Meet the Team

Meet the Board

Women Angels of the North

In 2017, less than 1% of the UK’s total capital raised was awarded to female founders. And yet, studies show that startups with female leadership grow faster and female investors are more likely to back female-led start-ups, according to Jenny Tooth, CEO of UK British Angels Assocation (UKBAA)

As part of our strategy to close the gender investing gap and encourage female leaders, we’ve partnered with the UKBAA to understand the barriers to entry for female investors, the challenges for female founders, and addressing these through collaborative events across the region.

We’re committed to building an inclusive angel community and are proud that 13% of the investors in our network are women – a number that is continuously growing and above the national average for private equity investment organisations.

Our Partners

Northern cities are fast-becoming flourishing hubs of professional services outside of London. NorthInvest is creating a collaborative network of established corporate partners and successfully integrates these larger institutions with smaller players and startups in the local digital economy. Together, this network builds a business community that shares expertise to accelerate economic growth in the North of England.


Our corporate partners work with us to provide professional advice and specialist support for NorthInvest entrepreneurs and investors. From building the right team and understanding SEIS/EIS tax credits, to writing watertight terms and conditions and protecting your business IP, we can introduce you to the right people to get the job done.

Our Partners

Our Supporters

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