Major tech investor GP Bullhound to hear pitches from Yorkshire digital firms

Richard Flint, Managing Director of Sky Betting and Gaming.

Richard Flint, Managing Director of Sky Betting and Gaming.

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Start-up digital companies will have the chance to pitch to technology investment bank GP Bullhound at a behind closed doors showcase in Leeds next week.

The investor, working in partnership with media firm Bloomberg, has arranged the showcase with Futurelabs in Leeds, with nine startups to pitch their products and services on Monday.

The startups include Synap, the EdTech firm developed by two Leeds University medical students; Twile, the online genealogy service; the HealthTech data startup Converging Data; and Athene Works, who have developed an innovative method of flight propulsion.

As well as representatives from GP Bullhound and Bloomberg, there will also be around 15 other major investors at the event, described as the most important investor event in Leeds so far this year.

GP Bullhound is headquartered in London but has offices in Manchester and works throughout the north.

Leeds is increasingly positioning itself as a top digital centre, with as many as 23,000 jobs now devoted to the sector within the wider city-region, generating £671m for the economy in the process.

SkyBet chief executive Richard Flint, whose firm employs 1,000 people in the city, said: “We are pleased to be showcasing our digital capability at the Bloomberg Northern Tech Tour.

“Leeds is a major hub for tech companies and continuing to attract talent is a key driver for our continued success.”

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