ADVERTORIAL: Free showcase will celebrate 15 inspirational North East startups

Residents based across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland are turning their startup dreams into reality thanks to the NE Pre-Accelerator programme.

Supported by Ignite and funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, these entrepreneurs worked hard over the last five months to turn their ideas into a tech business that can grow quickly.

As the 2023 programme comes to an end, the 15 teams are ready to share and celebrate their progress and success.

They will be presenting their startups on stage at the Boilershop in Newcastle on June 7, from 2.30pm to 6pm.

You are invited to come along to hear their inspiring stories and ask them questions. Click here right now to grab your free ticket.

Introducing the startups

Entrepreneurs from the latest NE Pre-Accelerator programme

Mitch worked in engineering for more than 15 years when he set up SQDCP, eliminating the need for paper systems in factories.

Jonny worked in the music industry when he became frustrated with bots buying up tickets and long queues. He founded Brava to make the event experience more magical.

Gemma is a filmmaker and set up Constellate to make it easier for non-fiction filmmakers to collaborate.

Hamish noticed that many office buildings in Newcastle were empty post-Covid. He set up Floe, helping landlords turn underutilised spaces into coworking and community facilities.

Hannah and Callum worked at the intersection of non-profits and data analysis. They set up Insightano to help corporate foundations make better use of data.

PhD student Arthur developed Affectronics, to help NHS workers and clinicians better monitor pain among babies in intensive care units.

Steven has a background in underwriting. Through Javel Groupe, he’s made it easier for businesses to read and understand contracts.

The entrepreneurs worked hard to turn their ideas into a tech business

Wei worked in the fashion industry for more than five years. She set up Flamora to help stylists and fashion brands share samples.

Racheal and Mark were selling T-shirts but found that selling platforms lacked support for small traders. They set up Mayfli, a marketplace for sellers, by sellers.

Andy worked in the consumer goods industry for more than 20 years. Passionate about the environment, he created sustainable homeware brand, Nothing is Left.

Jen was a training consultant for more than 10 years. She’s now set up her own induction platform to help companies train and retain talent.

Rob and JB both have a background in ad-tech. They founded Sugarcoat, a platform dedicated to social selling.

Former teacher Nihad set up Vibbl to help teachers mark their students’ work faster through verbal feedback.

Elaine discovered the man she met on a dating platform was a criminal. She set up Safer Technologies to enable strangers to meet, live and work together safely.

Jeff worked in the fundraising sector for over 15 years when he set up Fundify, the search engine for grant funding.

Find out more?

The Ignite North East Showcase 2023 is on Wednesday, June 7, from 2.30pm to 6pm, at the Boilershop in Newcastle.

It is open to the public – anyone with an interest in startups or the technology sector is welcome to attend, but please be sure to register in advance for your free ticket.

The Ignite Team and its amazing startups are looking forward to seeing you there!

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