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Friday 15th September 2017

It was the Northern Stars 2017 Leeds event last night! Having been along to previous Northern Stars events in 2015 & 2016, Amsource Team members Georgia and Penny jumped at the opportunity to head to this years event, read all about it here...

What is Northern Stars?
For those who don’t already know, Northern Stars is a pretty big deal. It’s the ‘UK’s most exciting pitch competition to find and showcase the best tech start ups in the region! Entrants go through a gruelling selection process, from applications right up to pitching in front of 100s of people’.

Northern Stars Leeds
9 northern based tech start-ups (many of who were born right here in Leeds!) were chosen out of hundreds of applicants, to showcase their start-ups in front of a large audience and judging panel in Leeds. The Leeds event was part of a series of Northern Stars events being held in digital hubs across the North (including Newcastle and Liverpool), where the winners of each of these local events ,will go on to compete in the national grand final in November.

Along with the 9 pitching start ups we were also joined by the CEO of Leeds City Council, Tom Riorden, who gave  an interesting presentation highlighting some of the exciting innovation that has taken place in the digital sector in Leeds over the last year and touched on some of the things we can expect to see in the future.

Ed prior of GP Bullhound (leading European technology investment bank) also presented on the state of technology in Europe and where The North stands as a tech hub compared to others in Europe. A key takeaway from Ed’s talk was the figure he gave on how if The North was a country it would actually the 5th largest in Europe for tech. Emphasising the impact The North's tech scene is able to have internationally!

The start ups…

Aerobit Health
have developed a smart inhaler device to people living with Asthma remember to take their medications. The device works with Bluetooth technology to send SMS notifications to users and also to family and care providers so they can track critical data.

is an integrated technology that brings together multiple business functions and makes them accessible from one web app. Saving business owners time!

HARK SYSTEMS Ltd is a cloud-based sensor platform that monitors, stores and analyses sensor data in real time. The hardware connects to any industry standard sensor and uses its own wireless mesh network. All the data is streamed live to the hark platform.

Evidentual Ltd is using the power of Virtual and Augmented reality to create a training simulator that enbables police forces across the UK prepare for major incidents including terror incidents and murder cases.

Big Change Apps Is an innovative Leeds based Mobile Workforce Management company, who have created a platform that allows all companies of any denomination to track, schedule and manage their mobile workforce. The company has over 10,000 subscribers across the UK, France, Spain, Scandinavia and Austrailia. 

Kwizzbit have created an interactive quiz platform which users can play with their smartphones over wifi. Main features include playing set question rounds, being able to create your own Kwizzbit event with friends, renewable content – and most importantly when playing quiz games – ungooglable interactive trivia!

Synap ‘Learn more in less time’ . Synap is an intelligent learning platform that uses machine learning to help students and professionals learn more efficiently. Using neuro-science research, Synap takes the delivery of knowledge for individuals in an engaging and stimulating manner.
Tutora connects the best tutors to the students that need them. Tutora covers every subject and every age across the whole of the UK. Using student reviews and a powerful algorithm, they’re bringing trust and transparency to the £6 billion UK tuition industry

Cloudtrainer ltd is a learning management system which has the versatility to provide multiple options for any organisations learning and development. Companies can create, track and deliver learning development programmes, allowing their employees to develop and train with ease, ultimately improving the overall success of their businesses

Each start up had a maximum of three minutes to deliver their pitch followed with two minutes of questions from the expert Northern Stars Panel.

The Panel consisted of  Samantha Deakin Hill of Campus Digital, Colin Glass OBE and Ed Prior of GP Bullhorn. The Panel deliberated for forty five minutes before revealing which start up had secured their place in the Northern Stars grand final in November.

The Winners were SYNAP!

The winner at the grand final in November will win a series of fantastic prizes including the opportunities to showcase their start up at Tech Crunch Disrupt in Berlin, media training, pitch training as well is support from countless organisations to ensure their business is a success.

We were really pleased to be able to go to the Northern Stars event, it was just another opportunity to see just some of the exiting activity going on in the tech sector… on our door step! Every year the start ups get bigger and better and its fantastic to see just how far the event has come in the two years. It will be interesting to see the scale of the event in 2018!

Bring on the Grand Final in November!

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