North of England tech start-ups called to become ‘Northern Stars’

The Northern Stars competition wants to find the 10 most promising Northern start-ups who have raised less than £2m in equity funding

Do you run a Northern tech start-up? Have you raised less than £2m in equity funding?

Well, the government-backed accelerator Tech North wants to hear from you.

Its Northern Stars 2017 competition will see the “most promising” North of England-based start-ups battle their way through three pitching rounds this Autumn – with 20 finalists then selected for a grand final on 20 November 2017.

Of the finalists, 10 winners will receive a range of prizes including pitch training, a PR Campaign, media training, tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, attendance at a London Investor Pitch Event, an exhibition stand at the Founders’ Network Summit, opportunities to meet investors – as well as Northern Star network opportunities.

Entries must have a live product with market traction and have raised less than £2m worth of equity finance.

The Northern tech sector now employs almost 169,000 people across eight cities, with investment in digital tech companies in the North having risen 916% from £19.8m in 2007 to £201.2m in 2016, according to the first Tech North Investment Index.

Chris Reed, founder and CEO of Proxismart and 2016 winner, said:

“The Northern Stars win has taken us on a journey which would otherwise have not been possible.

“We have increased our profile significantly, met potential investors, secured additional locations ready to deploy our solution, garnered support from HM government’s national tech advisor, presented at high profile international events, secured additional national awards, featured in regional and national press.

“Most importantly, we have been able to confirm the potential of our business with enthusiasm for it both domestically and abroad.”

To enter for Norther Starts 2017, click here.

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