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Northern Powerhouse: 7 northern tech startups looking to change the world

Northern Powerhouse: 7 northern tech startups looking to change the worldIntroductionThis article is part of TechRadar’s Northern Powerhouse column, a series focusing on the development of the North of England’s tech sector.How do you succeed as a technology business based in the North of England? A recent report by tech-focused investment bank GP Bullhound points to eight companies that might have the answer.In Northern Tech Revealed: exploring its technology universe, the banking firm identifies the region’s eight ‘unicorns’ (or companies valued at $1 billion). They are: Sage; Autotrader; Skyscanner; Pace; Shop Direct; Moneysupermarket; The Hut; and Skybet.According to the report, two of the challenges facing companies operating out of the region are securing access to investment, and attracting (and retaining) talent. In a bid to help the next potential wave (or is that herd?) of unicorns overcome the former obstacle, GP Bullhound recently held a pitching event at the Futurelabs co-working space in Leeds.It was attended by a number of companies looking to secure early stage funding, and major investors including media company Bloomberg were in attendance…

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