We are Tech North


Showcasing and connecting the North of England’s best digital tech startups





Northern Stars is a programme and pitch competition that connects the best digital tech startups based across the North of England and raises their profile on a national and international stage. Working in partnership with high-profile organisations and events at local, national and international levels, tech entrepreneurs are provided with a series of opportunities to gain exposure and expand their network with investors and the wider tech community.






Explore Northern Stars 2015


2015 Winners

airstocEvaluagentFormisimoGeek TalentGnattaIn-PartLeaffmM14PeakReceptive

Congratulations Northern Stars Winners 2015!


Airstoc  – Founders Andre Ferreira, Giles Moore and Manu Matute.  Based in Sheffield, Airstoc is the world’s first dedicated marketplace for the professional drone industry, connecting customers with operators.
EvaluAgent  – Director Jonny Branshaw.  Based in Middlesbrough, EvaluAgent is a workforce optimization platform designed for multi-channel contact centres.
Formisimo – Founders Tom New and Al Mackin.  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.
Geek Talent – Founder Dominic Murphy.  Based in Sunderland, Geek Talent is a tech recruitment search engine that helps candidates navigate their way through their careers.
Gnatta – 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.
IN-PART – Founder Patrick Speedie and Dr. Robin Knight.  Based in Sheffield, IN-PART is a leading platform for catalysing university – industry collaborations.  
Leaf.fm – CEO Gilbert Corrales. Based in Newcastle, Leaf.fm is a music platform that delivers personalised streamed music for free.
M14 Industries, Bristlr – Founder John Kershaw.  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 are now developing a new dating platform.
Peak – Director Richard Potter.  Based in Manchester, Peak create data analytics and intelligence for high performance companies.
Receptive – Founders Hannah Chaplin and Dan Dukeson.  Based in Sheffield, Receptive provide SaaS businesses to get more value from their feature requests.


Partners 2015






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