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Durham City Incubator

Durham City Incubator - A fully-funded accelerator programme for business owners and entrepreneurs in County Durham.

If you have a Durham-based business that’s been trading less than twelve months or you’re looking to launch an ambitious, potential high-growth start-up, you and your team can join the Durham City Incubator (DCI) – a six-month fully-funded programme to help you grow your business.

The DCI’s six-month programme enables new growth ventures to test their business model or concept, learn new skills and techniques, connect to the wider business ecosystem and grow their business into a commercial success.

The DCI is open to any ambitious business owners in Durham with the vision to scale up their business. DCI particularly encourages student and graduate talent from Durham University and New College Durham to apply.

DCI Offer:

DCI provides a broad package of support to help your new business venture thrive, including:

  • shared workspace in Salvus House, Durham,
  • expert mentoring,
  • one-to-one support,
  • workshops,
  • networking and events,
  • access to specialist consultants,
  • collaboration with other like-minded entrepreneurs,
  • a start-up grant of £2,500 to spend on growing your business.

We can connect you to further investment with the option of an innovation loan of up to £7,500 provided by Northstar Ventures, a leading early stage investor.

To find out more or to apply to DCI visit:


Durham City Incubator (DCI) is a joint venture between Durham County Council (DCC), Durham University (DU) and New College Durham (NCD). DCI has been developed as part of a wider drive to grow the Durham City economy and to offer Durham University graduates and New College Durham student’s high-quality facilities and business support to grow their ventures in Durham City.

DCI is part of an approved ERDF project lead by Durham University, called Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise (DICE).  

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