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.
NorthInvest’s legal partner, Yorkshire law firm Gordons LLP, actively support on investment deals and provide educational workshops for the NorthInvest community on legal aspects of the deal process.
In 2020 Gordons supported on two investment deals. These comprised of equity investments made by NorthInvest angels into property procurement start-up, C-Link, and electric vehicle (EV) start-up, Mina. Both investments were supported with advice from Gordons’ corporate solicitor, Amy Pierechod, and corporate partner, Duncan Firman.
NorthInvest partnered with RTC North to support investment readiness training and deliver a bespoke virtual pitch event, PitchFest 2020, as part of investor readiness programme, Innovate2Succeed. The programme was delivered by EEN, Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), NorthInvest, and hosted by Clarion solicitors. Six start-ups were shortlisted from over 30 candidates to take part in the virtual Pitch Event. NorthInvest provided 75 hours of delivery support. Following the event, social media platform K9 Nation secured £250,000 worth of equity investment from private NorthInvest investors. NorthInvest Investment Director and angel investor Jordan Dargue also joined the board of K9 Nation as a Non-Executive Director who is currently leading a further fundraise of £250,000 in 2021.