Let the pitch battle commence: apply now for Northern Stars 2016

18 Jul, 2016

We want to discover the most promising early-stage tech companies in the North of England. Sound like you? Then apply online for our Northern Stars 2016 pitch competition.


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About the competition

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 a series of regional pitch events, culminating in a Grand Final where 10 winning companies are chosen by a panel of high-profile judges.

Visit the Northern Stars web page to find out more

What do the winners get?

The 10 winning startups will receive a package of events and opportunities designed to raise their profile and build their networks, including a host of promotional activity and places at the following high-profile events:

After that, the world is your oyster. Just look at what happened to 2015 winners Bristlr and Peak this year.

Who can apply?

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

You just have to be a digital tech startup based in the North of England, have raised less than £2m investment and have a live product in the market with customer traction. You should also be ready to develop and present a 3-minute pitch to a live audience and judging panel.

Selected applicants will be invited to pitch at our three regional events to compete for a guaranteed place at the Northern Stars Grand Final.

Related: M14 Industries – from spoof landing page to one of the North’s most talked about startups 

When’s it all happening?

  • 18 July – Open for applications
  • 8 Sept – Pitch event in Sheffield
  • 22 Sept – Pitch event in Liverpool
  • 6 Oct – Pitch event in Newcastle
  • 9 Oct – DEADLINE: Close for applications
  • 21 Oct – Finalists informed (not public)
  • 28 Oct – Finalists announced
  • 8&9 Nov – Pitch training for finalists
  • 17 Nov – Grand Final event
  • 5&6 Dec – Winners taken to Tech Crunch Disrupt
  • mid-Jan – Winners taken to Bloomberg event
  • Feb – Winners take part in promotional campaign
  • March – Winners taken to SxSW (optional subsidized trip)
  • Mar – Winners taken to Northern Tech Awards
  • May – Winners taken to The Next Web Conference (Amsterdam)

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 web page

2016 Sponsors and Partners

We’re delighted to have the support of some fantastic sponsors and partners this year.


Seedrs – equity crowdfunding platform

Ward Hadaway – one of the UK’s top 100 law firms and a major player in the North of England

Open Future_North, powered by Wayra UK – accelerator



GP Bullhound

Draw & Code



The Next Web Conference

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Related: Peak raises £1m to help businesses get smarter with data

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