Accelerator Partners for Startup Awards North East

Awards Accelerator Programme

Supporting startups each step of the way!

NEL Fund Managers are Startup Awards North East Accelerator Programme Partner 2022

All applicants to 2022 Awards will get the chance to access 12 hours of free support, and workshops which will be delivered by industry experts and partners.

No matter what stage you are at in your startup journey, #skillUP #startUP #scaleUP the Accelerator Programme will help you to develop your business ideas, build meaningful relationships with peers and develop essential skills to take you to the next level.

What this space for further announcements on programme content and itinerary!

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Suzanne Smith

NEL Fund Managers

NEL Fund Managers has been investing for positive impact end economic development in the North East of England for over 30 years. In addition to funding, we recognise that small businesses need access to support, guidance and connections, and the earlier that wrap around support is received, the more solid and prepared that business will be to take full advantage of the growth opportunities presented to it. 

For this reason, NEL Fund Managers will again be joining forces with Startup Awards North East as Accelerator Partner so that we can support business founders at the earliest stage and throughout their business journey. 

To read more about NEL Fund Managers and the Funds we have available to invest in North East businesses, please visit

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Jack Mullaney


PNE are a business support organisation with over 20 years of experience developing the skills of the North East business community. We help individuals and businesses through skill-building workshops, business advice, access to funding, and by providing workspace. From personal growth to hiring ambitions and overcoming challenges, our award-winning business support team provide expert advice and services to both businesses and the people who lead them. 

We have signed up to be an Accelerator partner as we believe that developing skills at each stage of a start-up journey is vital to both the entrepreneur and the enterprise, fuelling growth and new ideas that will allow the business to thrive. If organisations and their leaders seek to grow and develop, it benefits everyone by empowering people to enhance their talents and interests, creating jobs and encouraging vibrant business communities. 

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Joanne James Director of Executive Education

Newcastle University Business School

Newcastle University Business School is a triple-accredited School situated in the heart of Newcastle. As a School, we believe in lifelong learning and continuous professional development, regardless of where you are in your journey. Whether you’re starting up, growing a business, or progressing into a more senior role, learning and adapting to change is at the heart of professional practice and resilience in changing business landscapes, and lifelong learning is pivotal to that. 

Our work-based Executive Education programmes support lifelong learning, focusing on upskilling and developing individuals, enabling them to support their organisation to remain competitive and innovative. To support our commitment to lifelong learning, we offer a number of scholarships each year to support those on our Executive Education programmes. We also offer the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship programme which is funded via the Apprenticeship Levy, to support organisations wishing to develop their employees’ leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours. 

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British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is the UK’s national development bank and we’re here to help your business find a way, with free financial tools and expert information. We’re experts in small business finance and we work with a broad range of partners to help businesses like yours: 

• Understand more about finance options available to you and your business

• Identify some of the potential finance options which you may consider suitable for your business 

• Find finance providers, business support and information available in your region 

• Learn from other business owners and business finance experts through a wide range of free and impartial content 

Start Up Loans is part of the British Business Bank, and working with a national network of delivery partners, provides government-backed, unsecured personal loans from £500 to £25,000 to start or grow a new business. In addition to funding, Start Up Loans provides 12 months of free mentoring to successful loan recipients, as well as exclusive discounts on many business products. During the application process, applicants can get free support and guidance in writing a business plan and creating a cash flow forecast. Find out more about Start Up Loans here:

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Are you an industry expert who has a vast pool of knowledge to share?

Have you been there, done that and got the T-shirt?

Do you want to give advice to the next generation of early stage founders and support them on their entrepreneurial journey?

Contact and find out more about Accelerator Partner opportunities for Startup Awards North East 2022.

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Startup Awards North East is a powerful local initiative with a strong track record of attracting, inspiring and supporting some brilliant young businesses. We are delighted to be partnering with them again this year, both as Accelerator Partner and as StartUP Awards Social Impact Award Partner. We strongly believe that NEL’s and Startup Awards' shared passion and unique blend of expertise will again provide applicants with the inspiration, guidance and support they need to get them to the next level. We are always blown away by the quality of the applicants and we especially look forward to hearing from founders who are applying their skills and passion into solving environmental and social challenges.

Suzanne Smith
Marketing Manager
NEL Fund Managers

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PNE believes the next generation of businesses will play a leading role in shaping our communities and environments for the better. We support the Startup Awards North East to celebrate ambitious early-stage founders and connects them to life-changing opportunities and experiences. The awards play host to a fantastic programme of events, competitions and learning opportunities. This allows pre-start founders, new ventures and early-stage businesses to pursue growth, access workshops, mentoring, 1-2-1 business advice and networking, providing them with an environment to collaborate and develop new ideas. We would love to see applications that share our passion build a sustainable future and make a positive social and environmental impact for people and places across the North East and beyond. Good luck!

Jack Mullaney
Marketing and Engagement Manager

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The British Business Bank’s mission is to drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy by improving access to finance for smaller businesses. We are committed to working with partners to give every small business the opportunity to prosper and grow, while boosting the long-term economic growth of the North East. We have seen some huge success stories in the North East in recent years and there is an active investment market ripe with opportunities for smaller businesses and investors alike. We are proud to be a sponsor of the Startup Awards North East 2022, and look forward to working with prestart, early stage and established start-ups from the region, supporting them on their journey to seek the best finance suited to their needs.

Shaun Fooy
Senior Manager, UK Network North East England
British Business Bank

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As a Business School, we believe in lifelong learning and continuous professional development for all, regardless of where you are in your professional career. Whether starting up, growing a business, or progressing into a more senior role, we want to support leaders to become resilient and adaptable so they can influence and shape the future of work. We offer work-based Executive Education programmes that are focused on sustainable development. On these programmes, we hope to recruit the next generation of responsible leaders, which is why we are delighted to be the ScaleUP Social Impact Award sponsor for 2022. This year we hope to see a range of devoted business-focused individuals, who are dedicated to their impact on the future and our region – something we are immensely proud to support as a School and institution. Last year we had some great applicants and very worthy winners, and we look forward to seeing that continue this year.

Joanne James
Director of Executive Education
Newcastle University Business School

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