Northern Investor Hub

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Working closely with local and national partners, the Northern Investor Hub brings experienced and budding investors together, identifying co-investment opportunities, and showcasing the North’s most inspiring businesses.

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If you are interested in joining our network and finding out about events, opportunities and news from ambitious businesses, please fill out the short form to register your interest.

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£40m

Investment secured for businesses

since 2019

1,700

Businesses supported

since 2016

30

Innovation Challenges co-created

since 2018

100+

Angel investor network

FAQs

What can I expect as a member of the Northern Investor Hub?

  • Benefit from Access to the innovation eco-system across the North
  • Attend pitch events with investment-ready start-ups
  • Receive curated, qualified dealflow
  • Connect with fellow investors through our community and wider network
  • Attend investor-focused events
  • Benefit from direct communications and personal start-up introductions based on your investment thesis direct communications and personal start-up introductions based on your investment thesis

How do I become a Northern Investor Hub investor?

Once you have decided to join, you can become a member in four simple steps:

  • Complete an Investor Self-Certification Form.
  • On completion, you will be redirected to our Terms & Conditions and Investor Registration Form.
  • Read and Sign our T&Cs and complete our investor registration form to let us know your investment and communication preferences
  • Book a follow-up call with our Investor Relations Managers to discuss your investment thesis, or dive straight into our events and deal opportunities!

Does it cost anything to become a member of the Northern Investor Hub?

Innovation SuperNetwork does not charge any fees for being a member of, or investing in businesses presented by, the Northern Investor Hub. However, some collaborators and/or funding organisations may charge their own fees for investing in a company that they introduce to the Northern Investor Hub. For example, a fund that invests alongside you in a business introduced to you via the Hub may charge fees to the start-up or investors. We therefore encourage investors to make their own efforts to understand any potential investment fees before making an investment in an applicant business.

I work for a fund – can we join?

Yes! If you work within an investment organisation, please refer to our fund registration form here.  

What events do you hold?

We host investment-focused events throughout the year for both SMEs and investors. These range from more general events, including panel and sector-focused events and innovation challenges, to investor-only events.

Investor-only events include pitch events, entrepreneur roadshows, investor educational workshops, and investor dinners. As a member of the Northern Investor Hub you will have access to all our general and investor-only events.

How committed do I have to be?

There is no minimum requirement to invest over the financial year. Minimum investment amounts – or ‘ticket sizes’ – are set by each start-up depending on their investment terms. Your level of activity in any start-ups you choose to invest in is between you and the start-up.

There is also no requirement to attend events throughout the year. That said, we encourage you to be as involved as possible so you can form connections with your fellow investors and benefit from our investor and start-up community.

Do I need to be an experienced investor?

You do not need to be an experienced investor to be part of our network. However, before receiving any business plans or opportunities, you must self-certify as either a Sophisticated Investor or High Net Worth Individual as defined by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA).

You can view the investor self-declaration form here.  

For those new to investing, we work alongside partners to deliver a programme of educational investor workshops. We also connect you with more experienced members of our community through social and networking events. If there is a specific topic that you would like us to offer support on, please let us know.

Who is part of your network?

Our network consists of individual angel investors and representatives of funding organisations – whether accelerators, VCs, or other finance providers – who are all committed to facilitating investment into North East-based businesses.

Do I have to be based in the North East?

Not at all! You can be based anywhere, although the majority of our investors are UK-based to make the most of SEIS/EIS tax reliefs.

Can you invest on my behalf?

No. You make your own investment decisions. We do not negotiate on a start-up or investor’s behalf, nor do we promote individual investments. We encourage all of our investor members to seek advice from qualified professionals before investing, including your own legal and financial advisors.

Can you guarantee returns?

Investing in start-ups is risky, and you may lose all of the money you invest. The Northern Investor Hub is a facilitatory initiative and Innovation SuperNetwork does not guarantee returns, nor do we advise on the viability or success of any of the start-ups introduced to you.

Do you invest funds?

We are a non-profit organisation providing business support and do not invest any funds.

How will I receive deal flow?

As a member, we will handpick deal opportunities for you that align with your investment thesis. We’ll reach out to you directly and introduce you to founders and potential co-investors for you to make your own review of the business.

We also hold pitch events and project-specific events throughout the year that showcase the start-ups we support in the region.

Can I talk with someone before signing up?

Of course. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact Charlotte Scott, Investor Relations Manager, at charlotte.scott@supernetwork.org.uk

Partners

Capital at risk warning 

Investing in start-ups is inherently risky. Innovation SuperNetwork does not promote or endorse any of the start-ups introduced to you via Pitch Events or personal introductions; nor does Innovation SuperNetwork guarantee returns on your investment or success of the business. If the start-up fails, you accept that Innovation SuperNetwork cannot be held liable for any losses incurred. You may lose all of your invested capital.   

You should not invest more money in the start-ups introduced to you than you can afford to lose without altering your standard of living. Investments should be made as part of a well-diversified portfolio.   

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