Tech Nation growth programmes

Applications are now open for Tech Nation’s three flagship growth programmes.

Catering for venture-backed and bootstrapped scaling startups and scaleups at Seed, Series A and Series B+ stages or equivalent, Rising Stars, Upscale and Future Fifty are each designed to provide tailored support key stage-specific growth challenges, as well as invaluable opportunities to network and consult with experts and peers.

Whether you’ve just raised Seed funding or are preparing for IPO, we have a growth programme for you.

Rising Stars is an exciting pitch competition for early-stage companies, designed to raise the profile of innovative tech companies across the UK. Entrants are supported throughout the application stage, finalists are chosen from each region of the UK and invited to pitch to a high profile panel of judges, in front of an audience of industry peers, investors and press.

Now entering its 5th year, our mid-stage programme Upscale helps the UK’s most promising tech companies accelerate their growth and unlock key scaling challenges. With an impressive list of scale coaches and experts, this established, curated programme is designed to reflect companies’ scaling journey.

Exploring fundamental growth challenges, Upscale includes sessions delivered by expert scale coaches who have been through it all, invaluable opportunities to network with peers and the prestige of becoming part of the Tech Nation Alumni. Previous Upscale cohorts have included Monzo and Bloom & Wild.

Now in its 8th year, our late-stage programme, Future Fifty, brings together the country’s most successful tech companies to build a powerful network and problem-solve with peers.

Future Fifty supports companies in achieving their global ambitions, creating jobs and opportunities across the UK, and inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, founders and businesses.

The Future Fifty alumni includes some of the most recognised tech companies, from Skyscanner and Farfetch, to Deliveroo and Funding Circle. Applications close on 5 November.

Speaking about the programmes, Mike Jackson, Entrepreneur Success Director said, “Tech Nation’s 2019 annual report revealed that scaleup investment in the UK has hit a record high, increasing by an astonishing 61 per cent year-on-year.”

“Nevertheless, challenges remain.”

“For the UK to maintain its position as a scaleup nation and continue its global growth, we need to do more to curate learning opportunities and create fertile ground for even greater success in the future.”

“These three growth programmes offer the support the tech companies of the future need, so UK tech can continue to compete on the global stage.”

Find out more about the three programmes and apply here.