Tech Nation reveals five North West tech Rising Stars

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by Rachael Hesno

Tech Nation has revealed the five North West tech winners from its latest ‘Rising Stars’ regional competition.

The five companies include Liverpool-based THRIFT, Manchester-based Financielle, My First Five Years, Jyrney and RDvault which cover tech subsectors from edtech, travel tech to fintech.

The majority of the tech companies come from Manchester with an average of four employees and a majority with female founders.

It is Tech Nation’s fourth Rising Stars competition which recognises the “brightest and best” early-stage tech scale-ups from across the UK.

The regional winners have been selected by a panel of 50 judges, including industry experts in the tech sector, based on a number of factors including value proposition and potential to scale. 

As part of the competition, Tech Nation will support the winners through its network and allow the tech companies to achieve national recognition and greater access to networking opportunities.

Esme Caulfield, Competitions Lead at Tech Nation, said: “From revolutionising modern healthcare and disrupting the finance sector to transforming education and tackling climate change, each of these fast-growing regional early-stage tech companies is helping us improve our economy, society and quality of life. This year’s Regional Winners represent the brightest and the best of UK tech and talent, and I’m excited to see what they do next.”

One of the winners, Laura Pomfret, co-founder of Financielle, added: “Our mission is to help women take control of their money and be financially well and there has never been a better time than the current socio-economic landscape to launch our product. 

“Being chosen as a Regional Winner is not only a great achievement for us personally as founders, but it is a win for our loyal and inspirational Financielle community. We have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of the North West tech and business community. We are so proud to play our part; we all benefit from a stronger tech and investment ecosystem.”

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