About us

Putting Northern tech on the map

Tech North, part of Tech City UK, is a government-backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England.

We do this through a series of programmes, events, research and editorial focusing on startups, investment, people, skills and the digital ecosystem.

There’s a thriving digital tech scene in the North of England. We’re here to shine a light on it and help it grow.


Northern Stars is a pitch competition for early-stage businesses looking to raise their profile and seek investment. Founders’ Network is a series of educational workshops where founders can meet, share experiences and learn from the experts.

The Co-Investment Fund is a proposal made by Tech North to Government to address the challenges tech businesses face when trying to access finance in the North. We also run events and initiatives to bring businesses and investors together.

‘Talent’ is often cited as one of the main concerns for entrepreneurs and larger businesses in the digital sector. We’re tackling this challenge through programmes and initiatives such as Northern Voices and the Digital Jobs Summit.

A key part of our mission is to raise the profile of the tech sector in the North of England. We do this through editorial, data and research on the sector and the businesses, people and organisations within it.

Richard Gregory

Chair of Tech North Advisory Board

Ash Hough

Event Co-ordinator

Doug Jones

Community Engagement Manager, North East

Esme Caulfield

Northern Stars Programme Lead

Frances Hemingway

Financial Controller

Henri Egle Sorotos

Insight Manager

James Bedford

Head of Investment Strategy

Jazz Hanley

Community Engagement Manager, North West

Kane Fulton

Community Engagement Manager, Yorkshire & Humber

Lauren Nicholson

Founders’ Network Programme Lead

Matt Jeffs-Watts

Head of Programmes

Nadina Osmani

Multimedia Content Producer

Rebecca Taylor

Programme Manager & Executive Assistant

Vicki Shiel

Head of Content

Will Dolby

Senior Digital Marketing Manager