The North of England's most exciting tech companies

The North is now home to a tech hub to rival the world’s best. And here at Tech North we can unveil ten Northern tech companies that are set to take the world by storm.

The result of a gruelling application and pitch process, these companies truly illustrate the strength of the digital tech economy.

Airtime Rewards  –  Ash.tv  –  Dream Agility  –  DueCourse  –  LivingLens  –  Personalyze  –  ProxiSmart  –  Radio.co  –  Swapbots  –  Valuechain


Airtime Rewards - developing partnership with the network operators & retailers to reward consumers

Airtime Rewards

Location: Manchester

Sector: FinTech

https://www.airtimerewards.com/

Free stuff is the best stuff, we all agree. If you could buy your morning coffee and get money off your phone bill, that coffee would taste even better. That’s what happens when you use Airtime Rewards. Airtime Rewards is a retail rewards app, or, in much juicier terms, if you spend money with your favourite brands you get money off your phone bill. Spend enough, and your phone bill could cost you nothing.

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AshTV - complete video advertising solution for businesses of all sizes,

Ash.tv

Location: Hull

Sector: AdTech

https://www.ash.tv/

Ash.TV CEO Ash Lewis describes their unique patent-pending technology as “the world’s first automatically playing video advert on mobile devices.” They have also created another product, which works in harmony with their video adverts, called True Target, which allows clients using their video adverts to target their customers based on age, gender, location, interests and occupation.

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Dream Agility - multi-award winning platform automating shopping campaigns across platforms

Dream Agility

Location: Manchester

Sector: SaaS & Cloud

https://dreamagility.com/

Dream Agility was born from what CEO Elizabeth Clark describes as the “$70 billion nightmare” of Google Shopping. In 2013, Clark was working with a jewellery brand carrying over 10,000 products who wanted to list on Google Shopping. She approached the three biggest ad-tech companies in the world to ask how they could help tackle Google Shopping; their response? They couldn’t do it, they were invested in incremental gains on social. So she did it herself.

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DueCourse - innovative cashflow utility for small businesses

DueCourse

Location: Manchester

Sector: FinTech

https://www.duecourse.com/

“80 – 90% of small businesses fail because of bad cash flow and not because of an underlying business problem” began Michael Hall, one of the directors of Manchester-based Due Course, at his winning Northern Stars pitch.

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LivingLens - unlocks the power of video for brands, agencies and technology providers.

LivingLens

Location: Liverpool

Sector: Data/Analytics

http://livinglens.tv/

Research by Cisco tells us that by the end of 2017 over 69% of online content will be video. However, video content remains impenetrable as a source of data – we can tell how long people watched it, and how many people came from a video to make a purchase, but we can’t really say much more than that. Liverpool- based LivingLens have built a product that captures and analyses the speech, actions and sentiments contained in video content and turns it into searchable data that can be translated to any language, from any language.

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Personalyze - The world's most powerful profiling technology for individuals on social and mobile

Personalyze

Location: Manchester

Sector: Data/Anaytics

https://www.topicdna.com/

Topic DNA’s mission is to understand people better than anyone else, and make advertising more interesting and relevant. Their product is a social profiling and ad targeting technology that, according to co-founder Jason Binks, profiles four times deeper than any other available social analytics tool.

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ProxiSmart - Location based, multi business marketing solutions using beacon technology

ProxiSmart

Location: Newcastle

Sector: SaaS & Cloud

https://www.proxismart.co.uk/

Using their smart beacon solution, Proxismart’s ParkingPerx platform allows users to park for a reduced cost, or possibly even for free in their nearest town centre. Primarily targeted at high streets that have recently seen a downturn in trade, ParkingPerx aims to get people back into the city centre and increase loyalty, footfall and local spending. The data collected by the beacons can also be used by local BID companies to map consumers’ use of parking and plan future policy and city planning.

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RadioCo - The easiest way to start your internet radio station

Radio.co

Location: Manchester

Sector: Media/Entertainment

https://radio.co/

Radio.Co is a live-streaming platform that allows anyone to create an online radio station, running entirely from the cloud. You no longer need a huge studio, giant analogue equipment and endless hours to create your own branded station – Radio.Co can connect from anywhere in the world and switches easily between live and automated broadcasting.

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SwapBots - customisable toys come to life through the magic of augmented reality gaming!

SwapBots

Location: Liverpool

Sector: Augmented Reality/Gaming

http://www.swapbots.co/

Imagine if technology could bring your childhood dream of living, breathing toys into reality. Well, it can and it’s called SwapBots. SwapBots are a collectable, customisable toy and video game hybrid brought to life by a smartphone or tablet using augmented reality. The swappable toy currently has over 700 different combinations of characters, from space griffins to cyber dragons, and many more to come.

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Valuechain - smart manufacturing software to build world class supply chains

Valuechain

Location: Manchester

Sector: SaaS & Cloud

https://valuechain.com/

The idea for Value Chain began around 13 years ago as a niche aerospace manufacturing company, after CEO Tom Dawes studied a PHD in aerospace supply chain. During his studies he identified two potential opportunities, one in manufacturing and one in supply chain collaboration software. Initially, he began the manufacturing company but after the 2008 financial crash he realised that you need business intelligence and supply chain intelligence in order to have a robust manufacturing company. Learning from his mistakes in manufacturing, he then began Value Chain. The company provides software to manufacturing companies to help them streamline their operations and manage risks.

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