Northern Stars make most of TechCrunch prize

Northern Stars make most of TechCrunch prize

Tech North's ten top firms have made quite an impression at one of Europe's most varied and vibrant festivals of digital technology.

TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference which takes place in several cities across the world. Bringing together firms and speakers specialising in some form of disruptive technology, with investors, inventors, and enthusiasts from across the globe.

And as the two-day conference at London's Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park concluded, the ten Northern Stars winners along with the team from Tech North saw their time at the event as an unbridled success.

The annual Startup Battlefield competition saw victory go to London firm Jukedeck, a young business which creates bespoke video soundtracks in seconds. The team behind it are Cambridge University music students, and their prize of £30,000 and the Disrupt Cup followed a unique pitch delivered flawlessly via the medium of rap.

Yes, Rap.

Jukedeck raps at Disrupt London

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Posted by TechCrunch on Monday, 7 December 2015

Under the banner - quite literally - of the Tech North pavillion, the Northern Stars firms had the opportunity to speak to potential customers, investors and collaborators alike. Firms like GeekTalent and Gnatta shared a common customer base with delegates, whilst M14 Technologies, the makers of the Bristlr dating app for beards and beard lovers, ignited the imagination of many visitors with their dating-based software solution.

In the main arena, speakers told their own stories of founding tech firms, or chatted in panels about the future of their industries. FoodTech firm postmates, who allow customers across America to have brands like Starbucks delivered directly to them, announced their UK expansion as they launch in London in early 2016, as fellow FoodTech firm Deliveroo talked about its focus on the logistics of providing a lifestyle to customers, instead of simply delivering fast food.

Jenny Griffiths from Snap Fashion talked about the challenges associated with FasionTech; how firms like hers can support customers in moving away from the more traditional in-person buying associated with clothing. 

And out in the exhibition space, firms of all shapes and sizes from a efficient, water saving shower, through a powered unicycle, a trackable dog collar and to Love Riot's Pillow Talk product were all on display. The latter has since achieved its crowdfund target, which was hit hours after the conference ended.