Manoj Ranaweera

Manoj founded his first tech startup, a FinTech in electronic invoicing and payments in 2004. He then founded Techcelerate which built the Manchester’s tech ecosystem from 2006 to 2013. In 2007 Manoj founded, which was recognised in 2008 as one of the hottest 20 tech startups in the UK. In 2013, GP Bullhound acquired Northern Tech Awards from Manoj. In 2015, was acquired by US-based Accusoft.

In 2018, Manoj restarted Techcelerate (having closed it in 2013) to help tech companies raise investment. As part of this initiative, Manoj is building a membership organisation of 100 tech companies, investor network, partner network and specialists, which will help to further accelerate the success rate of Manchester and the North West based technology companies.

Manoj recently launched Deal Lite, a UK competitor to Crunchbase, with the idea of providing investment intelligence to Techcelerate Members, investors and partners.