North-East
Pre-Accelerator Programme

North East
Pre-Accelerator Programme

A funded, 3 month pre-accelerator for idea-stage founders, or founders without an idea, looking to start working on their business full-time.

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Applications for the next pre-accelerator cohort will open Spring 2019. The pre-accelerator is open to companies based, or willing to relocate to / with a material presence, in the North East (County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear).

Apply with Technology Concept

Apply if: You have an idea and are thinking about how you’ll take it to the next level (or figure out if it’s really worth doing).

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Technology + Ageing / Data Concept

Tapping into the North East’s world-class expertise in both data and ageing, we are especially keen to talk to founders looking to work on ageing-related or data-driven issues!

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Funding for the programme comes from the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

The pre-accelerator is a 3 month full-time programme that helps entrepreneurs to develop their business idea, launch an MVP, get their first customers and figure out what to do next. You can read more about the programme on the Ignite blog.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to solve (or already solving) real-world problems with innovative technology-led ideas. We’re especially interested in those working on ideas related to ageing, or big data, but will consider all tech startup related applications.

If you’ve not got an idea but you think entrepreneurship is for you, or you’ve got a skill set that could lend itself to working on building a new business (especially within data and or ageing), we’d love to hear from you.

The pre-accelerator programme includes:

£15,000 Convertible Loan

We charge all teams a £5k programme fee, leaving £10k to spend on product, salaries etc.

3 month programme covering product development, marketing, sales, operations, hiring and fundraising

Mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and
investors

3 months of office space in Newcastle

A fast-track to the final interviews of the next Ignite accelerator programme

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the programme cover?

  • Customer Conversations & Idea Validation
  • Building An MVP
  • Spreading The Word
  • Launching to the world
  • Money and financing

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Who is it for?

We are looking for entrepreneurs who want to solve (or already solving) real-world problems with innovative technology-led ideas. Tapping into the region’s world-class expertise in both data and ageing, we are especially keen to talk to founders looking to work on ageing-related or data-driven issues.


Some of the challenges we’re looking for pre-accelerator businesses to potentially tackle include:

  • What technologies can empower older people?
  • How can product design and marketing be adapted to appeal across the generations?
  • How can we manage personal data securely and ethically?
  • How will data-driven technology disrupt healthcare to provide quicker, better access to services and outcomes?

Is my Company Eligible?

To qualify for the pre-accelerator programme, each founder/ team must have a UK LTD company (with a UK business bank account) with less than 250 employees and balance sheet total <€43 million and/or turnover <€50 million. You must also be based/ have a material presence in the North East (County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear).


If you you haven’t registered a business, built a product or even founded a team, you can still contact us or apply and we’ll do our best to help.

What do you offer?

  • £15,000 convertible loan. Of this investment, we charge a fee of £5,000 for your time with us which means that your net investment is £10,000 (GBP),
  • Mentoring, business support and guidance,
  • Office space in Newcastle for the duration of the programme (with the potential for discounted post-programme space)
  • Ignite Perks (see below).

Do you provide office space?

Yes. You will be based in an office space in central Newcastle.

Are there any other benefits to joining Ignite (perks, freebies, tech etc)?

Teams accepted to work with Ignite are eligible for benefits from some fantastic companies, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Digital Ocean, GitHub, SendGrid, Nexmo, Autopilot, Stripe and more. We aim to have representatives of all of our technology partners present to support you at some stage during your time with us.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the 2019 pre-accelerator will open in Spring 2019.

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