Northern Tech Firms Are Rising High

Salford Quays seen from the top of the Imperial War Museum
The north at its heights (Source: Wikimedia.)

Today, we're looking at the Tech North Investment Index.Tech North is a government-backed initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of digital business in the North of England. The Index tracks investment trends in Northern technology businesses. The data from the region is very positive. but Tech North asks, provocatively, 

The data from the region is very positive. but Tech North asks, provocatively, will the growth in investment keep pace with the ambitions of tech entrepreneurs? 

Cambridge music streamer raises £200k

Wannabe ‘Dragons’ looking for the next Spotify have backed a unique pay-as-you-play digital jukebox, Psonar, investing over £200K of their own money. The streaming service sold equity through the crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom, based in Cambridge, exceeding its funding target of a cool £200,000. The cloud-based service lets music fans stream the songs they want to hear on their mobile phones, paying per track using pre-paid credit. Just as mobile phone top-ups revolutionised the world of telecommunications, so Psonar hopes to have a similar effect on the growing music streaming industry.

Billions of people worldwide want to stream music, especially on their mobile phones, but at an annual cost of £120/$120/€120 for services such as Spotify, Deezer and Rdio, the cost for some is just too high. Psonar removes that barrier to entry, “aiming to serve the disenfranchised majority of music fans who want access to on-demand streaming, but who cannot afford subscription streaming”, according to Psonar CEO Martin Rigby.