FinanceCamp is an active example of how enterprise from across the North East is disrupting industry. 

Connecting businesses with bright ideas to the funding solutions they need to grow, in 2018 FinanceCamp forms part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s ‘Inspired By’ programme, and dovetails with the Exhibition’s central innovation trail. 

Open to enterprise of all sizes and from all sectors, FinanceCamp is FREE to attend. It’s all about preparing businesses seeking funding to meet with lenders and investors. The day is made up of one-to-one appointments, inspirational keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

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“The preparation side of FinanceCamp is incredibly useful. Presentation training really helped me to refine my pitch and gave me confidence that I was doing it right. I made some useful contacts at the North East event and was then given the chance to pitch to London investors at a separate event in the capital, which was really exciting.”

Becca Brighty, Co-Founder, We Love Work

“Meeting multiple investors, angels and VCs, in a single afternoon can help identify the right potential funding partner quickly. Last year we met with a number of interested investors and received multiple investment offers. How else could you do that in a single afternoon?”

Kevin Beales, CEO of Refract, which completed a £500k investment round after being matched to investors at FinanceCamp

“Mercia targets regions of the UK that are typically under-served by sources of risk capital. We see events such as this as integral to our deal flow in sourcing high-growth businesses in the North East. We met Refract at FinanceCamp, proof the format works.”

Alex Hoppenbrouwers, Investment Associate, Mercia Fund

“FinanceCamp has opened up a range of opportunities to help develop Effortless 3D. I’ve taken part in pitching events in the North East and in London and the advice and training I’ve had in advance of these has been invaluable. We made a number of connections with investors who are interested in our business.”

Richard McCormack, CEO, Effortless 3D whose pitch was voted best by investors at FinanceCamp
Effortless 3D

“Securing the right finance at the right time is crucial for any growing business. We see this programme as a great opportunity for us, alongside other investors and business-supporters, to make contact with potential clients and for businesses with limited spare time available to access a whole range of information under one roof and in one day.”

Sarah Thorpe, Regional Executive, UK Steel Enterprise

“The event not only opened up to me a number of valuable opportunities, but more importantly it helped me to understand the investment process to ensure my business was investment-ready.”

Ami Davies, whose company Brand Ami secured £60,000 to develop a protocol of its My Little Explorer child safety wristband

“The programme is an excellent platform to bring together ambitious North East businesses with investors dedicated to providing a tailored funding solution appropriate to their stage of development.”

Yvonne Gale, Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers

“When businesses pitch to investors it’s really important they’re able to succinctly present a compelling investment opportunity. Finance Camp aims to support entrepreneurs and business owners so that they’re well prepared for investor meetings and maximise their chances of securing funding.”

Stephen Price, Investment Manager, Northstar Ventures

“It was really exciting to see such a spread of opportunities in front of us. It became as much about us choosing the right business partner as it was about selling ourselves to funders. In one afternoon we were able to meet with a wide range of potential investors and immediately narrow down those that were right for us – a task that ordinarily would have taken months of correspondence and meetings.”

Jon Haines, Co-Founder of VEO (Video Enhanced Observation) Ltd which secured £150,000 at Venturefest North East to develop its real-time video tagging technology

FinanceCamp is the go-to event for the North East’s startup and investment community. The team at Innovation SuperNetwork have created a great way for businesses to get in front of potential investors, mentors and support resources to help them achieve their objectives for growth. Can’t recommend it enough

Chris Reed

FinanceCamp gave us the tools and support we needed to assess our next steps for business growth, opening up a new network of contacts and allowing us to properly understand investor expectations. Since then, we’ve been able to take stock and strategically unpick our next steps to seek the right funding for us. I’d absolutely recommend businesses attend, whether they are actively looking for investment or confused as to what the best funding options are for them, FinanceCamp is a must.

Gary Giles

“Working with the Innovation SuperNetwork has been a great experience for us, leading to a dozen strong leads and ultimately investment to support our next stage of growth. The support we received prior to meeting with investors helped us to put together the best possible pitch and really sell ourselves. Any business looking for investment should definitely get involved with the SuperNetwork. It has been a successful experience for us and the start of something great for Pickwatch.”

Shawn Lowrie


FinanceCamp is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, North East LEP and North East BIC, with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Huge thanks go to all our partners. Please visit their websites to find out more.

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