In the dark autumn months of 2015, startups came from far and wide to do battle in Tech North’s Northern Stars competition. After fighting their way past fierce rivals in a pitch battle and regional heats, 10 companies emerged victorious from an epic grand final tournament.
The spoils of their victory? A chance to display their Herculean strength to investors at Bloomberg’s London HQ and a voyage to SXSW in Texas where they seized international opportunities. Now you can hear their legendary stories in our Northern Stars video series, and discuss it with the world on the #GameOfStartups hashtag.
Above: Michelle Dinsmore, Client Director and Director Jonny Branshaw. Based in Middlesbrough, Evaluagent is helping call centres engage and motivate their staff with their own gasification platform.
Above: Co-founder Tom New. Based in Manchester, Formisimo is the Google Analytics for Web forms and checkouts, allowing their clients to analyse what users are doing and react to their actions.
Above: Founder Dominic Murphy. Based in Sunderland, Geek Talent is a tech recruitment search engine that helps candidates navigate their way through their careers.
Above: Hacker Helga Alvarez & CEO Gilbert Corrales. Based in Newcastle, Leaf.fm is a music platform that allows fans to discover new music and musicians to understand and monetise those fans.
Above: Director Richard Potter. The more your business knows, the better chance it has of success. That’s the idea behind Manchester-based Peak’s product.
Above: CEO Jack Barmby. Based in Manchester, Gnatta provides businesses with a single interface to speak to the customers on a one to one basis enabling customer service to be handled at scale.
Above: Founder John Kershaw and CTO Jenni Wardell. Based in Manchester, M14 Industries have built on the success of their ‘Tinder for Beards’ app (connecting those with beards with people who stroke beards) and have become one of the North’s most talked about new startups.