Six of the best at tech grand final

Claire Braithwaite
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Sheffield’s tech community has shown its class after six start-up firms were among the 20 competitors in the grand final of a pitching competition which has toured the North.

The shortlisted businesses will fight it out to be among 10 winners of the Northern Stars competition run by Tech North, a Government-backed organisation which aims to support businesses in the North.

Some 57 firms took part at events in seven cities including Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sunderland, Hull and Manchester.

The victors in the grand final on November 24 will win a place in the Tech North pavilion at TechCrunch Disrupt in December, the opportunity to pitch to investors at Bloomberg in London and a place at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

Head of Tech North, Claire Braithwaite, said: “We have been blown away by the overwhelming response from the digital startup community across the North of England.

“Northern Stars has highlighted the importance of showcasing the region’s brightest and best startup talent, so we can continue to foster entrepreneurial excellence.”

The six Sheffield finalists are Airstoc, an agency for drone operators; Deliverd, a platform that allows customers to buy a meal and have it delivered to their office; IN-PART, a university ideas commercialising company, Pimoroni; a DIY electronics manufacturer; Polen, which transforms stores’ selling commission into donations for charities and Receptive, which allows customers to browse website feature ideas and vote for their favourite.