Catch up on the final Northern Stars heat in Newcastle

10 Oct, 2016

The final regional heat of Northern Stars 2016 took place in Newcastle last week, with the region’s most promising early-stage startups heading to the Toon to showcase their businesses.

The host venue, Newcastle’s Assembly Rooms, was fitting for such a high calibre of competition and the largest Northern Stars audience to date. There were nine fantastic pitches, ensuring the judges and the audience had a tough decision to make at the end of the evening.

It’s testament to the North’s tech scene that Northern Stars has received such a varied and high quality range of applicants to this year’s competition. Nowhere was this clearer than in Newcastle, with specialists in everything from VR gaming to edtech all competing for a place in the Grand Final.

Here are the companies you missed if you couldn’t make it to the event:

Desk Dragons – leveraging world class games engines to develop games and experiences using virtual and mixed reality.

Fit Gurus – matches users with fresh fitness content from expert trainers, enabling people to collect data on themselves and visualise their progress.

ProxiSmart – developers of ParkingPerx, a parking app that revolutionises car parking.

Smart Money People – dubbed as the TripAdvisor for Financial Services, Smart Money People harnesses the power of consumer reviews to help make financial services better for everyone.

Solutionpath – creates actionable learner insight which enables both institution and student to take control of learning outcomes.

Supply Box – an online platform connecting schools with high quality, self-employed supply teachers.

Textocracy – an SMS-based texting service that allows service users to provide comments and feedback to a provider through their mobile.

ColliderCase – overlays graphics and digital stories onto museum objects without the need for smartphones or special glasses.

We Love Work™ – a disruptive hiring app that matches companies to candidates who are the best fit for the job requirement and the company culture.

And the winners are…

A closely fought battle lead to the audience decision being separated by a single vote, with the judges having a similarly tough decision to make. Nevertheless, two successful startups were chosen to advance to the Grand Final…


Solutionpath (judge vote)


ProxiSmart (audience vote)

Tickets still available…

The application process may now be closed but you can still get tickets for the Grand Final in Manchester on 17 November. It promises to be a fantastic evening, with 20 amazing early stage businesses pitching and over 400 people descending on the old Granada Studios.

Don’t miss out, book your tickets today.

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