City takes honours in tech competition

Patrick Speedie
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Three Sheffield companies have won a competition to find the 10 top tech start-ups in the North of England.

Airstoc, In-Part and Receptive were victorious after a ‘pitch battle’ at a grand final of 20 contenders in Leeds. The founders of each firm had just three minutes on stage to get their idea across to judges.

More than 100 companies entered the Northern Stars contest which toured seven cities in the North including Sheffield.

The winners receive a package of support from organisers Tech North including a place at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in London in December, the chance to pitch to investors in London in January and a paid trip to the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin Texas in March.

It was launched by the Government last year to unify the digital sector in the North.

Head of Tech North, Claire Braithwaite, said: “It’s great to see three Sheffield-based Northern Stars, flying the flag for the city’s digital talent.

“We have an abundance of digital expertise across the North of England, and our role is to find that talent and make sure we provide infrastructure and support to allow these companies to reach their potential.

“It is my belief that the Northern Powerhouse is made up of the people in the room at the Grand Final: the investors, digital business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs in the North.”

n Airstoc is a marketplace for the professional drone industry, connecting customers with operators around the world.

n In-Part is an online system that matches great ideas in universities with a network of senior decision makers.

n Receptive gathers product ideas and feature requests for software companies based on customer data feedback.