We’re coming to Lancaster!
Campus Capital partners with Lancaster University to invest thousands into Lancashire startups
We’re pleased to announce our latest university partnership with University of the Year 2018 (Times, Sunday Times), Lancaster University. Lancaster is a beautiful campus university with an incredibly strong focus on enterprise and innovation, and a world-renowned business school.
There’s already a wealth of entrepreneurial activity taking place in Lancashire and we’re hoping this new partnership will shine even more of a spotlight on this activity, and increase opportunities for those companies to collaborate with the university, and stay and grow in the region.
As the Investment Index report from Tech North showed us, investment in the north of England tech sector has increased over the last 10 years, with the most significant growth happening in the last three years. Last year £201.2m was invested in the north, which represents a rise of 916% from £19.8m in 2007. This is great news for northern startups
There are a lot of investable companies already out there in the region so this isn’t about helping to create new startups. Our focus is on making sure these existing startups who are already doing great things get the investment they need to scale. Our connection with world-renowned universities such as Lancaster makes us particularly well-placed to support companies within the science and technology sectors.
As you know, our fund runs alongside an experiential learning programme where teams of Student VCs are trained and supported to make investment decisions in the early stages of the pipeline. This is part of our wider mission to educate entrepreneurial students and first-time founders on what venture capital is and when it’s an appropriate source of funding for startups… and when it’s not.
We’ll be working closely with Jon Powell, Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services at Lancaster University. He said: “We are delighted to join forces with Campus Capital and build on our fantastic links with regional businesses by bringing much needed investment into the Lancashire economy. Lancaster University has a pivotal role to play in supporting innovation. We want to develop employable graduates and the graduate employers of tomorrow as well as supporting businesses through consultancy, joint research and co-location. Now we can support direct investment into those businesses with growth potential.”
Campus Capital will open applications for Lancashire-based startups in the New Year, although companies who are considering fundraising within the next six months are encouraged to get in touch sooner.
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