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Tech Nation Report 2021

Tech Nation Report

UK tech pioneers are creating the future. In the face of extreme challenge, profound disruption and deep uncertainty, resilient tech leaders are rebuilding our economy.

They are developing groundbreaking technologies, creating new jobs and supporting societies to thrive across the world.

The Tech Nation Report has been the UK's state of the nation report on tech since 2015. But in 2021, looking to tech's past achievements is not good enough. We focus on what’s next for UK tech; the challenges that are being faced by stakeholders in the ecosystem; and how scaling companies have the potential to build back in a way that delivers benefit for everyone.

The UK has been historically strong in deep tech: R&D intensive, innovative tech developments. But in order to continue this global leadership, more investment and emphasis will need to be placed on both new tech creation and application. From healthtech and fintech to Net Zero and edtech, the Tech Nation Report captures the transformative impact of technology and the companies developing and applying groundbreaking tech, and assess the effect this is having on people the world over.


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Applications are now open for Tech Nation's three leading growth programmes

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.

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UK Tech on the Global Stage | Tech Nation

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Scaleups are driving UK global tech advantage.

Ambitious tech entrepreneurs across the country are more networked than ever, and they are accelerating growth through international connections.

This report presents UK tech on the global stage.

It shows that the UK is a critical hub in the global tech ecosystem, and a strong economic performer. An exploration of companies, communities and technologies uncovers the pioneers in this era of global tech.

The Tech Nation Report has been the UK’s State of the Nation report on tech since 2015. Each year we have monitored the growth of the sector, and provided information about opportunities and challenges.

In preparation for a post-Brexit world, the report this year focuses on UK tech on the global stage. The connectedness of our world-leading clusters means that we can leverage strengths and support one another across the country, in order to succeed internationally.


UK remains 'hotbed' for tech talent

The UK remains a 'hotbed' for tech talent, employing five per cent of all high-growth tech workers globally, according to a new report.

The research, conducted by Tech Nation, found that the UK is in front of Japan, France and Indonesia when it comes to employing high-growth tech workers.

In the UK, Insurtech and Fintech were the biggest employers among high-growth digital tech firms in 2018, employing 24 per cent and 18 per cent of the high-growth workforce respectively.

Cyber, AI, and Cleantech all feature in the top ten sectors for employment in high-growth tech firms. Investment data shows that AI, Cyber and Big Data are growing in importance for UK tech scaleups. This means that the UK may be about to see more jobs generated in these sectors.

Eileen Burbidge, Partner, Passion Capital & Chair of Tech Nation said, “The UK has an incredibly pivotal role in the global tech scene."

"Nowhere is this more evident than in the Fintech sector where the UK is ranked number one in the world; an enviable position that has been established with decades of hard work, entrepreneurial talent, innovation and supportive policymakers."

"I’m confident that we have all the ingredients needed for continued success and even greater acceleration of the tech sector here in the UK.”

UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, added, ‘‘The UK is a global tech powerhouse."

"I am immensely proud of our country’s ambitious tech scaleups."

"These companies are delivering significant economic value to the nation through the investment they raise, the jobs they create and the innovative products and services they deliver’’.

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Tech Nation

Tech Nation empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector through data, stories and media campaigns.

About Tech Nation

We believe the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business

If you’re an ambitious tech entrepreneur, then we’ve supported thousands of people like you through all stages of business with our activities as Tech City UK and Tech North.

Our story began in Shoreditch in 2011, launched by the then Prime Minister David Cameron, to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City — or Silicon Roundabout. Since then we’ve been on a journey, spreading our activities to cover other parts of the UK, and have set up Tech North to run programmes across the North of England. Last November, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the launch of Tech Nation, consolidating Tech City UK and Tech North’s impact.

Now as Tech Nation, we’re expanding our network of growth programmes, events, skills and data resources to reach all corners and clusters of the UK.

What we do continues to be shaped by your voices. We just finished a listening tour to meet representatives from the UK’s vibrant tech landscape and understand how best to shape our national network to meet your challenges.