Ignite Accelerator has announced the seven teams that will be joining its upcoming global Accelerator programme.

The teams – which have all been identified by Ignite as scalable companies – will receive bespoke investment coaching, support from entrepreneurs who have previously raised millions in investment, and a trip to meet investors and founders in San Francisco.

The accelerator is one of a series of Ignite programmes funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority to help founders in the North East of England launch and scale their ventures.

North East tech accelerator Ignite opens applications

The seven teams:

Fabric Academy is an on-line marketing training academy which empowers the most ambitious marketers to thrive. The company was founded by Lisa Eaton who has over 20 years of experience building award-winning marketing strategies.

Grid Finder helps racers find racing. Founded by Tom Bunten, with help from CTO Nikhil Patel, the company helps online racing communities to find their place on the grid.

Peek Home helps homeowners preview the potential of their home at the click of a button. Founded by Roland and Jaemi Glancy, the company provides professionally designed sketch plans to customers within days, for a fraction of the price of a traditional architect.

Rapid Fluidics is shaping the future of Microfluidics, by offering design consultancy and rapid prototyping for devices that move or analyse tiny amounts of liquid. Founded by Paul Marshall, Rapid Fluidics helps lower the cost of medical diagnostic devices, produce faster results, and provide more control over experiments.

Rove helps developers integrate their services with third party health/fitness data using just one line of code. Founded by Alex Ventisei and Will Rogers, Rove is set out to make launching and running health and fitness apps much easier for others.

Turbinia measures modified proteins. Founded by Will Dracup, Turbinia has the potential to disrupt the medical industry by writing software for proteins. Will previously founded Biosignatures which raised £3.5m.

Wordnerds helps large B2C organisations genuinely understand their customers and employees across all of their different channels without word clouds or abstract sentiment scores. Wordnerds was founded by Steve Erdal and Pete Daykin and has now grown to a team of 18.

Jo York, programme manager, at Ignite

Jo York, programme manager at Ignite, said: “With over 50 applications, it was incredibly difficult for us to select the successful teams. But I think we’ve ended up with a really good mix, and I’m looking forward to working with all the founders.

“The seven companies that were successful in applying operate in a range of industries, from research-driven biotech to architecture and practical marketing. So it’s a real mix, which will contribute to the sharing of knowledge between peers and alumni. We’ve seen this ‘cohort effect’ make a real difference in previous Ignite programmes.”

Ignite accelerator returns to Newcastle

The hybrid eight-week Ignite Accelerator will take place September to November 2022 and will involve a trip to the United States as well as London.

Ignite is also set to open applications for its Pre-Accelerator programme this autumn, which is designed to support early stage founders who are looking to validate their business models and build initial traction.

Over the last 11 years, Ignite has been actively helping founders grow, launch and scale their startups. Through its Accelerator and Pre-Accelerator programmes, Ignite has supported over 500 founders, across more than 300 teams, raising more than £150M investment across the UK and beyond.

The Ignite programme first launched in Newcastle in 2011, and has since delivered startup programmes in Belfast, Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Dublin and Cambridge.

Ignite returned to the North East in 2021 thanks to a partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, as part of the NTCA’s Digital Economy and Innovation programme.