A TECH start-up that provides accuarate hyper-precise location data has been named one of the South East's "Rising Stars".

Brighton-based Naurt is a location optimisation software, which improves the accuracy of location data by 40 to 90 per cent.

The software acts as a "plug-and-play" toolkit that works anywhere in the world, both indoors and outdoors in all conditions.

Naurt was joined by four other tech companies as the South East regional winners of the Rising Stars competition, run by Tech Nation, a national network for technology entrepreneurs.

Jack Maddalena, CEO and co-founder of Naurt, said it was an honour to be selected and that they look forward to the opportunities the win will bring in their mission to "empower businesses to re-imagine what is possible with true location technology."

He said: "With current location technology being inadequate for the majority of its use case, we look forward to unlocking the growth these companies could make with improved location data indoors and outdoors.

"The talent from the local area and the universities has been great in helping us move forward quickly in our journey."

The competition, in its fourth year, is designed to be accessible to the best early-stage tech companies from across the country, with entrants supported throughout the application process and given training and support to enable them to compete to their best ability and deliver the perfect pitch.

Esme Caulfield, competitions lead at Tech Nation, said: "It is amazing to see so many inspiring companies innovating to change our world for the better.

"We had a record number of applications this year, 380, and we also saw our first applications and our first regional winner from the spacetech sector, with Elestial, from the Midlands, and agritech with Cropsafe, from Northern Ireland.

Digital secretary Nadine Dorries praised the award-winning companies as "helping us solve some of the greatest challenges of our time and creating high-quality and well-paid jobs up and down the country."

She said: "Capitalising on the huge potential of tech is a crucial part of our mission to level up and we are backing businesses with pro-innovation policies and supporting people to get the skills they need to thrive."

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