Tech Nation’s inaugural Rising Stars pitch competition is in full flow in Manchester right now. Yesterday, 16 startups from arcross the UK delivered three-minute pitches in a bid to make it through to our Grand Final, set to take place in London later in the year. And the quality was high. The four judges sat in the front of the stage were seen mentally wrestling with some of the concepts presented, asking no shortage of questions in an attempt to understand them. I livetweeted the event over on Tech Nation’s account, which you can catch up with here. Today at Barclays Eagle Lab in Manchester we are set to welcome another 16 startups who will recieve pitch training before showing what they’re made of this afternoon.