The North of Tyne Combined Authority, in partnership with Durham County Council, supports the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland in their collaborative work delivering targeted innovation and commercialisation support, supporting business productivity, innovation and spin-out formation.
The universities working in the In-TUNE partnership currently manage two programmes funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Northern Accelerator and Arrow.
Northern Accelerator has transformed the rate and success of commercialisation of research through the creation of high-growth spinouts from the regional universities. More information available on the Northern Accelerator website.
Arrow has similarly developed and proved a series of support processes for high-growth regional companies to access the partners’ innovation assets and expertise. More information available on the Arrow website.
The key beneficiaries will be research-engaged businesses and those that will benefit from engaging within the innovation partners across the full geography. Individuals or teams with ambition to commercialise research within the innovation partners benefit from a broad range of support, and the region’s economy is boosted with new high-growth businesses and job creation.
The In-TUNE programme, led by Durham University, builds on the proven success of the Northern Accelerator (which is also part-funded by Research England) and Arrow programmes enhancing the available support, widening the partnership and enabling access across the available geographies.
In-TUNE brings together two established and very successful delivery mechanisms within a coordinated, resource-efficient programme.
This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.