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Kickstarter spotlight: Campus North smashes target, new tech hub coming to Newcastle

Having reached an initial £12,000 funding target in just 29 hours, the Campus North Kickstarter campaign is now pursuing a series of ambitious stretch goals.

Campus North is dedicated to opening a new innovation hub in the heart of Newcastle's rising tech scene and was established by Paul Smith, director of the ignite100 accelerator programme and author of the Twitchhiker Twitter-meets-travel book.

With more than a week left, Campus North has reached out to the North East's tech community to help it establish useful new funding aims.

Already, an additional £16,000 target has been cleared, allowing Campus North to invest in a sophisticated multimedia infrastructure.

At time of writing, the campaign had crowdfunded more than £17,000. The next stretch goal is £20,000, which will allow Campus North to host two inspiring local businesses and commission some really funky furniture courtesy of a local designer.

"There are only a handful of UK cities that have a strong, native tech community - and Newcastle is one of them. There are developer meetups everywhere you turn, global conferences and events, coffee houses crammed with entrepreneurs huddled over MacBooks. Week after week, the national media is highlighting the work of the city's digital and creative industries," the Campus North Kickstarter page explains.

Further goals include a £23,000 target to help Campus North host quarterly events with big name speakers, while reaching £25,000 will see the new facility feature a public device lab for app and software testing.

Some of the rewards on offer to backers include bespoke T-shirts, invites to the opening party, and access to hot desking space.

To support the opening of a new tech hub in Newcastle, head to the Campus North Kickstarter page and make your pledge now.