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15 North East founders selected to participate in 2023 startup Pre-Accelerator

Ignite North East has revealed the 15 start-ups participating in its 2023 Pre-Accelerator programme.

As part of the programme, each team will receive £10,000 in grant funding, mentoring from experienced tech entrepreneurs, and workshops from founders and investors. They will also be able to access over £250,000 in credits from Ignite partners such as Amazon Web Services, Hubspot and Stripe.

The Pre-Accelerator is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and is the third programme delivered by Ignite as part of the regional partnership to support the North East’s digital business pipeline.

Jo York, CEO of Ignite Accelerator, said: “The number of applications for the programme has grown by nearly 50%  – a great indicator that more and more North East residents are thinking about starting a business. We were once again blown away by the quality of the applications, which made it a very difficult process to choose our 15 teams.”

“The teams for this year’s Pre-Accelerator come from a range of sectors: from startups working in fashion sampling to manufacturing processing and smart ticketing for gigs. This means that we have a rich skillset within the cohort to enable peer learning. We also have around a 40/60 female/male gender split.“

“Ignite focuses on founders and on giving them the support they need to create scalable businesses –  I can’t tell you how excited I am to start working with these amazing people.”

The start-ups on the 2023 programme (in alphabetical order):

Affectronics allows clinicians to focus on the quality of care for their babies in intensive care units by providing continual pain monitoring and reporting, using computer vision and deep learning.

Brava provides access to the unmissable with truly smart ticketing built for today. Brava ensures that tickets end up in the hand of real fans at a fair price, every time.

Floe is shaping the future of work through its CAAS – Coworking as a Service – offer which helps landlords better utilise unoccupied commercial spaces.

Fundify is the search engine for grant funding, automating matching between funders and grant seekers.

Insightano is an automated modern data stack, enabling non-techy people to derive insight from their organisational data and open data in order to inform decision making, and to drive impact and growth opportunities.

Javel Groupe uses AI to help insurers make contracts better understood, and just plain better.

Let&Net provides access to source samples for fashion stylists, making the process of booking samples easier and faster to manage, whilst helping emerging designer brands with sample management and product seeding.

Mayfli is a UK Marketplace/Website Combination providing UK Businesses with a platform they can strive and not just survive on.

Nothing is Left designs and produces the world’s most desirable household products that help rid the planet of plastics – using natural, compostable materials.

Rise Learning Group improves new starter retention and productivity through a four-step approach to onboarding.

ROXID is a user-friendly data management tool to enable sustainable and intelligent heritage management.

Safer Date is the safest dating app in the world, designed to provide a safe place for people to meet online.

SQCDP digitises manufacturing processes to connect teams and drive business performance.

Sugarcoat is a next generation ecommerce platform that provides the technology to create bespoke selling experiences at scale.

Vibbl reduces teacher workload by enabling better, faster and more collaborative verbal feedback.