Cambridge Innovation Capital takes top spot as biggest investor in university spinouts with £500m under management, with new entrant Northern Powerhouse raising £300m to invest in northern university tech start-ups.

Universities have £1.4bn of British cash ready to be invested in their university spinouts right now, according to new research by GrowthBusiness.

The biggest single investor in university spinouts is Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC), a venture capital fund focused on deep tech and life sciences, which last month closed a second £225m fund.

Combined with its original fund, CIC now has £500m ready to invest in start-ups spun out from the University of Cambridge, as well as other tech businesses in the so-called Silicon Fen.

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