We can finally reveal the inaugural North East Tech 50 - our ranking of the region's most exciting technology companies.

Partnerships platform Partnerize has been crowned the North East's most innovative tech company after securing heavy backing from both an independent judging panel and the general public.

Newcastle-based Partnerize - formerly known as Performance Horizon - is a SaaS business which has broken into the United States in a big way.

Co-founder and CEO Mal Cowley told BusinessCloud: "We're thrilled to receive this honour.

"The North East is a great place to work and has been a fantastic location for recruiting people with technical expertise.

"We are very proud to have built this truly global business with Newcastle at its heart."

The North East Tech 50 ranking in full

It was followed by Hive HR, a tech platform to improve employee engagement, experience and performance, which is also based in Newcastle.

Durham-based mobile bank Atom came in third with Northumberland's Global Bridge and wordnerds in Gateshead rounding out the top five.

You can see the full top 50 list, which was compiled from a long-list of almost 100 disruptive companies, here.

The public vote on the long-list attracted around 1,700 votes. A panel of expert judges also made their choices. The final 50 ranking was decided from a combination of these. 

The judging panel was comprised of: Jamie Hardesty, entrepreneur engagement manager, Tech Nation; Paul Lancaster, founder and director, Plan Digital; Herb Kim, founder, Thinking Digital; Jim Mawdsley, CEO, Generator; Laura Richards, head of communications, Sunderland Software City; Deb Mcgargle, chief legal officer, SeedLegals; Dawn Dunn, cluster manager for Fintech/Data, Dynamo; Stuart Lynn, founder, TechNorthEast; Alexis Long, programme manager, Ignite; and Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud.

The North East Tech 50 ranking in full

North East Tech 50 is one of 11 annual regional ranked lists which will aim to shine a light on the companies of all sizes who are doing amazing things with technology.

We will publish one ranked list a month every year from February through to December. Full details are available here.