NorthInvest is a not-for-profit organisation that helps diverse 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.
For more information on our sector priorities and initiatives, please click here.
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.
We offer free investor readiness coaching to entrepreneurs, a structured mentoring scheme and support NED placements.
We introduce entrepreneurs and investors at monthly virtual pitch events, and facilitate the deal process at no cost to start-ups.
We connect investors, industry experts and entrepreneurs through virtual events.
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. Find out more about our priorities and initiatives here.
In 2020, the Yorkshire & Humber region accounted for only 1% of the UK investment share, and 1% in the North East and 4% in the North West. Our mission is to change this. With an economy now worth over £320 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.
NorthInvest is a proud signatory of the Investing in Women Code, an initiative implemented by HM Treasury to make the United Kingdom one of the most attractive countries in the world to start and grow a business by advancing female entrepreneurship.
Helen Oldham is a Founding Board Director of NorthInvest and plays an active role in day-to-day operations of the organisation, as well as leading Fund Her North. Helen works with multiple charities as a Non-Executive Director, as well as running her own coaching business, Grow & Thrive. Helen is former Chief Publishing Officer for Johnston Press, publishers of news brands including The Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.
Professor Adam Beaumont is Founder of NorthInvest and CEO of aql, a Leeds-based communications company. Adam is an angel investor in his own right and involved in multiple high-level initiatives to support economic growth in the region, including the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Programme (REAP).