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A community of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors commercialising university research.

North by North West is a consortium of seven Universities and one specialist programme delivery partner in the Northern United Kingdom. The consortium is led by The Queen's University of Belfast and supported by funding from Innovate UK.

We deliver customer discovery programmes for early-stage University-based inventors in any University but with a regional emphasis covering North of England, Scotland and North of Ireland. 

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Our mission

Find smart ideas, Build powerful relationships, Create successful ventures


Our programmes

Lean Launch Programme

Lean Launch is a game-changing 10-week online customer discovery programme that allows you to rapidly test whether there is a market for your idea, product or service from the comfort of your workplace/home. 


The ICURe (Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research) is a 4-month full-time online pre-accelerator programme that provides up to £30,000 for researchers to validate their commercially-promising ideas in the marketplace.

Applications are open across our programmes

Are you interested in investing?

Our teams are actively seeking investment.