It’s open to Universities across the North of England only, they need to be ‘early-stage’ enterprises supported by their own institutions and driven by students, graduates, academics or other staff and with ambitions to become the next serious players on the block!

Then they have to face four Judges; pitch their results, have their accounts scrutinised by the leading firm Duff and Phelps and answer forensic questions in a special studio at Manchester’s Sharp Project.

Then they must wait until the night of 26th April at The Radisson Blu Hotel on Peter Street, Manchester, to be told if they have won a cash investment for their company and maybe some advice on how to reach the next stage.

Broadcaster Jim Hancock will reveal all as he hosts the fourth Educate-North Awards which celebrates excellence, improvement and the often world-class achievements of Higher, Further and Sixth Form education in the North and in some categories, UK wide.

Now you can watch as Alison Tarpey-Black hosts a special video which gives you an insight into the pitch process and the pressure which The Literacy Company, Unit3 Design, Red Pencil Productions, Maths of the Day and Algolib faced as they met and were grilled by Professor Sue Smith of The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN); Businessman Phil Hodari (The Pilot Group); John Guilfoyle, CTO of CCL Digital and Susan Rutherford Chair of the Lancashire Business Improvement District.

Tickets for the event are available now on and entries will be open in the autumn for 2019.

Supported by Prolific North, Communicorp UK owners of Heart Yorkshire, Smooth North West, Smooth North East and The Ministry of Results, the UEC is sponsored by Dr John Kennedy CBE, The Pilot Group, Duff and Phelps and The UEC Grant (for bright ideas pitched on the night) by CCL Digital.