Wearside played host to digital entrepreneurs from across the North of England for the second Northern Stars event.
Sunderland Software Centre was the location for the event, organised by Tech North (part of the Government-backed Tech City UK).
Northern Stars is a Tech North initiative designed to support businesses by connecting digital founders and showcasing their talent regionally, nationally and internationally.
Speakers included Stuart Lynn , EVP Product Delivery for Sage, and Dominic Edmunds, founder and CEO of global on-line remarketing specialist SaleCycle.
More than 80 people attended, to hear 10 startup pitches and vote for their favourite. The audience vote resulted in a draw between Gary Thompson, of on-line loyalty platform GoRaise, and Si Brown, from augmented reality specialist Skignz.
“It was an incredibly strong line-up and the GoRaise team were thrilled to receive so many audience votes,” said Gary.
“Events like these are such an important platform to launch the incredible digital talent in the North East.
“It was a great event and we were honoured to be part of it.”
Northern Stars Programme Manager for Tech North Matt Jeffs-Watts commented: “It was really impressive to see such a strong line-up of tech startups pitching in Sunderland only a week after the first event in Newcastle.
“This really demonstrates the strength and quality of the North East tech community.”
All 10 startups that took part in the event now have the chance to be part of a select group of companies chosen to attend TechCrunch Disrupt in December and pitch to investors at Bloomberg in London, among a host of other opportunities.
Northern Stars has five more events planned. Companies wishing to take part can apply online at http://technorthhq.com/northern-stars/