A COMPETITION which helped launch a Bury company internationally is looking for the top 10 most promising tech startups in the north.

Tech North's competition helps startups and digital businesses get wider recognition and growth in the region and beyond.

In 2016, Dream Agility won the Northern Stars competition, proving themselves to be among the top digital entrepreneurs in the country.

Run by Tech North, the competition is run to encourage applications for the competition from as many emerging tech sectors as possible.

Since Dream Agility won in 2016, it has gone from strength to strength and CEO Elizabeth Clark said being named a Northern Star gave them the 'credibility' to get recognised at tech events in London and abroad.

Now as well as their base in Ramsbottom, they have links with Paris and have just signed a deal with one of the largest retailers in Australia.

Dream Agility helps retailers advertise effectively on Google and its current clients include popular

Any startup or early-stage tech company that is based in the north and has raised less than £2 million in equity funding can enter the competition.

Applicants need to fill out an application form from technorthhq.com/programmes/northern-stars to give Tech North as much detail as possible about the company and its founders.

Ms Clark said: "You fill it in online, it's dead easy and talk about your business and they are as interested in your story as they are about the tech.

"They want a great idea with good traction."

The 10 winners receive a whole host of prizes including, pitch training, a PR Campaign, media training, tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin on the 4-5 December; attendance at a London Investor Pitch Event and opportunities to meet investors.