We are Tech North

We’re looking to discover the most promising early-stage tech companies in the North of England

…including the lesser-known, undiscovered startups – we know you’re out there!

Northern Stars is a pitch competition that seeks to identify and showcase the best tech startups in the North of England. We do this through an online application process, supported by a series of Regional Pitch events, culminating in a Grand Final where 10 winning companies are chosen by a high-profile panel of judges.

We want to hear from early-stage tech and digital startups from across the tech sector and of all shapes and sizes, working on everything from AI, VR and IoT, to drones, HealthTech, EdTech, Games and more!



Attend Northern Stars


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Apply to Northern Stars


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Tech Crunch Disrupt

Stand on the Tech North pavilion
at TechCrunch Disrupt

(London, Dec 5th & 6th) and 2 tickets to the conference


Bloomberg investor pitch event

Investor pitch event at Bloomberg
London (Jan 2017)


Pitch Training

Pitch training from Amplify
Provided before the Grand Final


Legal Audit

Free legal audit
Provided by Ward Hadaway law firm


TNW Conference

Stand on Tech North pavilion
at TNW Conference

(Amsterdam, May 2017) and 2 tickets to the conference



Entrance to the Northern Tech Awards
Northern Stars category (March 2017)


Travel and accommodation

Travel & Accommodation


Tech North at SXSW

Access to subsidised Tech North delegations:
such as SXSW




Northern Stars Process

Apply to Northern Stars 2016 online


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Get invited to deliver a 3 minute pitch at a Regional Event



Sheffield – Liverpool – Newcastle

8th Sept – 22nd Sept – 6th Oct


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Applications close at midnight on the 9th October

Apply before the 1st Regional to pitch & increase your chances of winning!



2 winners from each Regional go automatically into the Grand Final

An independent Selection Panel will decide 14 other finalists



20 Finalists pitch at the Grand Final on 17th November

High-profile on-stage Judging Panel decides the 10 winners



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Last year's winners

Last year’s winners went on an incredible journey through the Northern Stars programme


…but don’t take our word for it – hear what they have to say over on our Northern Stars 2015