Driving digital technology growth across North East England

European Regional Development Fund
Welcome to Sunderland Software City

At Sunderland Software City we support and grow the North East tech sector by helping people explore careers, start businesses and grow their organisations.

Our services

Tailored programmes providing opportunities
for individuals and organisations.

Whether you’re looking for a pathway into tech or to harness the latest emerging technologies to grow your business, our wide array of support programmes are here to help.

Making a difference
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At Sunderland Software City, we listen. 

Jill McKinney of Sunderland Software City

Working at the heart of the North East tech ecosystem for over ten years, we understand that the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses are ever-changing.

Joined-up thinking to influence positive change.

Sunderland Software City has enabled the growth of the technology sector in the North East of England; providing support and creating opportunities.

We proudly champion our region’s world-class technology ecosystem on the national stage.

Statements and statistics

Our impact and success

Digital Adoption


Nontech organisations boosted by long-term digital solutions in North of Tyne in 2022.

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Our experts help SMEs, charities and social enterprises across Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside become more successful and resilient by adopting digital technology.


Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley


North East SMEs actively engaged in adopting innovative technology since 2021.

We offer fully-funded innovation residentials, hackathons, tailored workshops, one-to-one coaching, informational events, open innovation challenges and horizon scanning to help SMEs adopt emerging technologies. 


STEM Careers


Students engaged via our careers programmes in 2022

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We proudly support STEM sector growth by raising aspirations and awareness among young people via industry site visits, insight sessions, STEM Clubs, newsletters and in-school sessions.


Startup support


North East digital tech startups and SMEs advised since 2013.

Our evolving startup support programmes have played a key role in boosting both tech and non-tech entrepreneurs build their businesses here in the region.


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