Twenty northern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) start-ups are being given the opportunity to head to San Francisco for a week of partnership development.

Stewart Townsend of Techcelerate Ventures and Manoj Ranaweera of Unified VU have joined forces to create a tech trade mission to the US centred around the SaaS Connect Conference.

The trip will last from the 29th April to 4th May.

During that time the growth engine for tech companies hopes to give the start-ups easier access to the US market and the chance to begin to build relationships with the companies there.       

"After visiting San Francisco for a week and attending SaaS Connect Conference in 2011, my tech company at the time grew by 250 per cent in the following year, all thanks to the relationships developed during the visit," said Ranaweera.

The trip will look at how to scale SaaS businesses, how to work with other similar companies and the nuts and bolts of tech the companies might be using, such as APIs.

There will be opportunities to tour SaaS companies in the area and to attend a growth workshop as well as meeting investors and other key figures.

"I'm passionate about reducing the North-South divide," said Townsend.

"Generally, southern tech companies had better access to US markets due to higher level of funding available to them when compared with the northern tech companies."

Interested companies can find out more at http://www.techcelerate.ventures/saastmsf18/.

50 per cent of the costs up to £1,500 are also claimable via mission partner Department of International Trade.