This article was originally posted on the Tech North website.
It’s hard to think it’s only been six months since we formally launched.
Since then, the entire Tech North team has worked tirelessly to connect, promote and champion digital clusters across the North of England.
Our ambition is simple: accelerate the development of the North’s digital economy through the promotion and support of digital entrepreneurship; attract talent, entrepreneurs and investment to the North of England.
It was at our launch event in Leeds on 9th September that we first announced our ‘Northern Stars’ programme as a way to support the North’s ambitious entrepreneurs by connecting founders and promoting their talent on the national and international stage.
After 7 regional pitch events, an incredible grand final at the UKFast headquarters in November and a trip to TechCrunch Disrupt in December, the project culminated this week with an investor showcase at Bloomberg’s headquarters in London. It was a watershed moment for the Tech North and Tech City UK team as we showcased the very best of the North’s talent. It was also an occasion to reflect on just how far we’ve come.
Having got the team off to a strong start, Claire Braithwaite has decided to step down as Head of Tech North. On behalf of the entire Tech City UK team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Claire for all her fantastic work with Tech North.
She has played an invaluable role in steering our efforts to boost digital clusters across the North of England and to build a truly amazing team around her. The successful launch of Tech North along with the inaugural Northern Stars initiative, Tech Nation Visa Scheme and Founders’ Network are indebted to her efforts, and she has been instrumental in highlighting the depth of digital talent that exists across the North.
Claire Braithwaite said: “I’m very proud to have been at the forefront of the launch of Tech North, which is a vital initiative to ensure the continuing development of the tech ecosystem across the North of England. I will continue to support both Tech North and the technology sector in the North of England in my new role that I will announce details of in the near future.”
As we wish Claire well in her future endeavours, we want to take this opportunity to stress that Tech City UK’s support for Tech North remains completely unchanged by Claire’s departure. Tech North is a crucial priority for us and the UK Government and we have every faith that her awesome team will carry on the work so effectively initiated by Claire. We have so much to be proud of, but even more to look forward to.
Herb Kim, Executive Chairman of Tech North Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK
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