Showcasing and connecting the best northern tech startups

Northern Stars is a pitch competition that identifies and showcases the best tech startups in the North of England.

This is achieved 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.

This year’s event was bigger than ever and we can now officially unveil our 10 Northern Stars…

Northern Stars 2016 Grand Final Winners

The prize package

Tech Crunch Disrupt

Stand at TechCrunch Disrupt
(London, Dec 5th & 6th)

The Next Web

Stand at TNW Conference
(Amsterdam, May 2017)


Investor pitch event at Bloomberg
London (Jan 2017)

Northern Tech Awards

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

Open Future North

Fast-track to Wayra Finals
Acceleration and pre-acceleration opportunities available

Ward Hadaway

Free legal audit
Provided by Ward Hadaway law firm


Pitch training from Amplify
Provided before the Grand Final

Evolution recruitment

Recruitment support and advice
provided by Evolution Recruitment

Train and accommodation

Travel & Accommodation


Access to subsidised Tech North delegations:
such as SXSW

The judging panel

Simon Calver

Simon Calver

BGF Ventures

Karen Kerrigan

Karen Kerrigan


Harry Davies

Harry Davies

Open Future_North

Our selection panel included:

  • Warwick Hill, Microsoft
  • Chris Adelsbach, Techstars
  • Tracy Doree, Kindred Capital VC
  • Anthony Catt, Oxygen Startups
  • Diance Perlman, MassChallenge
  • Francisco Gutierrez, Startupbootcamp
  • Katy Turner, Multiple
  • Matt Clifford, Entrepreneur First
  • Rose Lewis, Collider
  • Tom Wilson, Seedcamp
Selection Panel

Huge thanks to our fantastic sponsors...

Evolution Recruitment
Ward Hadaway

And our partners...