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20 startups to pitch at the Northern Stars 2017 grand final

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by Startacus Admin

Tech North Northern Stars 2017About three months ago we highlighted that applications were open for Northern Stars 2017 - a Tech North startup pitch competition, open to 'Northern' based early-stage tech startups, who've raised no more than £2 million in equity-based investment and have a product on the market that's gained traction. And last week the 20 Northern Stars finalists for 2017 were announced. 

Northern Stars exists to find and showcase the best tech startups in the North of England and the finalists were selected by a selection panel Tech Northconsisting of: Rose Lewis (Collider), Kara Shurmantine (Mass Challenge), Tom Wilson (Seedcamp), Chris Adelsbach (TechStars), Francisco Gutierrez (Startupbootcamp), Harry Rhys Davies (Wayra). That’s with the exception of Synap, Ruler Analytics, and SkillsForge, who won their regional heat events

Now at the Grand Final, (taking place at The Stoller Hall, Manchester, on 16 November 2017) the 20 finalists will be assessed by a panel of judges. The panel of five will include: David Fogel (ADV), Suzanne Ashman (LocalGlobe), and Keith Wallington (Oxx VC). They will then select the 10 winners, who will receive this prize package.

The 20 finalists as listed on the Tech North website are: 

Assenty – An easy way to get fresh content shared about your event on social media by inviting questions for the speakers. Founder Chi-chi Ekweozor previously wrote a fab article for Startacus on GDPR and & how it may impacts your startup.

BigChange – The paperless way to plan, manage, schedule and track any mobile workforce. 

Chatta – A unique and proven teaching method underpinned by an approach which maximises learning outcomes for pupils of all ages. 

Energi Mine – A.I. and blockchain for the energy industry, providing energy trading services for large commercial and industrial energy users. 

Helpthemove – Enabling you to manage change of tenancy notifications to council, water and energy in one go, via a personalised online portal. 

Malinko – An automated intelligent scheduling system for NHS organisations who deliver community services. 

Membr – Connecting the fitness industry with its members, helping inspire, educate and motivate them to a healthier lifestyle. 

Nivo Solutions – The fastest, safest, and most cost effective way for service providers to talk to customers. 

Modyst – A unique platform that disrupts the way independent films are distributed and consumed globally.

Regit – Using a consumer’s car registration to create a digital garage that helps them buy, sell or maintain their car(s).

Relative Insight – Helping brands choose the best language to use with their target audience.

Ruler Analytics – Closing the loop between leads and revenue. The platform matches real customer form-fills, live chat and phone calls, against the marketing campaign and keyword from which they were generated. 

SkillsForge – SkillsForge automates and evidences the effectiveness of key processes within universities across the globe.

SteamaCo – Bringing utility-type capabilities to organisations looking to sell distributed energy. 

Sport80:PLC – A cloud-based platform designed to enable sports organisations to simplify the way they work and deliver online services to members.

Synap – An intelligent platform that uses machine learning to help students and professionals to learn more in less time. We recently featured Leeds based Synap on Startacus.

Technically Compatible – Helping tech recruiters make better hires and CTOs build better teams, by giving them a 360-degree view of potential IT hires via an innovative skills assessment platform. 

Tutora – Helping students and parents find the best local tutors for private, one-to-one tuition. We also recently featured Tutora on Startacus.

VYPR – Enabling fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) businesses to turn product innovation into a science, ensuring successful outcomes of the product development process, every time. 

White Label Crowdfunding – Enabling users to create, launch and host crowdfunding platforms.  

Good luck to all 20 - it's a might fine list to make the finals.

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Published on: 28th October 2017

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