The Tech North Northern Stars initiative is designed to support the most ambitious digital entrepreneurs from across the North of England.
The scheme aims to raise the profile of these businesses and broaden their connections with investors and a wider support network. This will be achieved by connecting digital founders and showcasing their talent, nationally and internationally through a series of regular events, missions and networking opportunities.
Northern Stars is running events across the region. Those with an interest in tech and start-ups are invited to meet up, network and watch entrepreneurs pitch their business in three minutes.
From the shortlist built up through the events and online applications, 20 finalists will be chosen by an independent selection panel, made up of tech industry leaders. These founders will be invited to the Northern Stars final to pitch their proposal in front of the audience and the judging panel, who will name the winning start-ups of Northern Stars 2016.