About us

We are the UK network for
ambitious tech entrepreneurs

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.

Our vision

To make the UK the best place to imagine, start and grow a digital business.

Our mission

To empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections; to build a UK economy fit for the next generation.

What we do

We help startups compete globally to bring jobs, skills and higher productivity to the UK and build an economy that’s fit for the future. We do this through a range of activities.

Growth programmes

Tailored to each stage of your business cycle

Digital entrepreneurship skills

Digital Business Academy will help you and your team upskill

Visa scheme

Access to Tier 1 visas to bring exceptional tech talent to the UK

Championing UK digital

Through data, case studies, events and media

Our Board

Our board reflect the ethos of the organisation and the audience that it serves. Our board members include tech founders, investors and thought leaders in the digital, financial and creative fields. We are grateful that they work on a pro-bono arrangement, reflecting their strong belief in our cause and mission.

Adam Hale
Chairman of DevOpsGroup
David Richards
Founder & CEO at WANdisco
Eileen Burbidge
Partner at Passion Capital, Chair of Tech Nation
Emma Jones
Founder of Enterprise Nation
Gerard Grech
CEO at Tech Nation
Lesley Eccles
Co-Founder of FanDuel, Founder & CEO at Relish
Sarah Wood
Co-Founder & Chair of Unruly
Tim Luke
VP, Tech Media Telecom Group at Barclays
Wendy Tan White
Advisor at BGF

Entrepreneur Advisory Panel

Meet the team

We might look like a furniture removal company in this photo owing to our fetching sweatshirts, but our talents extend beyond moving chairs. We have specialists in everything from ops and partnerships to content and marketing. We're spread out across the UK too, from London to Newcastle.

Adam Samuel
Senior Business Performance Analyst

Anne Marie Nicholls
Mid Level Developer

Becky Taylor
Programme Manager

Beth Winter
Partnerships Executive

Caroline Rae
Commercial Director

Davina Yanful
Events Lead

Ed Willis
Learning Lead

Egle Vinauskaite
Learning Lead (Contractor)

EJ Quinn
Events Lead (Contractor)

Eloise Seriau
Senior Programme Manager

Esme Caulfield
Competitions Lead

Frances Hemingway
Head of Finance & Company Secretary

Francesca Cahill
Ecosystem Insights Specialist

George Windsor
Head of Insights

Georgina Hardy
Head of Business Development

Gerard Grech
Chief Executive Officer

Gordon Wallace
Executive Assistant

Greg Michel
Fintech Lead

Harriet Woolfrey
Programme Coordinator

Hayley Fisher
Senior People Consultant

Heika Fu
Head of Product & Delivery

Jack Preece
Learning Creator

James Bedford
Head of Investment Partnerships

Jamie Hardesty
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – North East

Jazz Hanley
Senior Partnerships Manager

Kane Fulton
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – Yorkshire & Humber

Lauren Nicholson
Early-stage Lead

Lindy Pryah
Senior Operations Manager

Lucy Cousins
Data Design Executive

Maria Palmieri
Head of Government Relations

Matt Jeff-Watts
Head of Visas

May Thakrar
Finance & Legal Project Coordinator (Contractor)

MB Christie
Chief Operations Officer

Meera Last
Programme Manager

Mike Jackson
Entrepreneur Success Director

Nadina Osmani
Content & Creative Manager

Orla Browne
Content Editor

Parveen Dhanda
Head of Growth Programmes & Late-stage Lead

Paul Abbott
Tech Lead

Rosalie Starling
Content Manager - Programmes

Sinead Daly
Mid-stage Lead

Stephan Kuester
Head of International Consulting

Suzana Kolodziejczyk
Events Executive

Tia McPhee
Marketing Director

Ugne Sapezinskaite
Strategic Accounts Manager

Vicki Shiel
Head of Content

Will Dolby
Marketing Lead

Will Miller
Marketing Director (Maternity Cover)

Our funding

We are both publicly and privately funded. We receive public funding from the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Our funding from government for 2018-19 is £5.2m. This represents roughly 80% of our funding. The rest is generated from sponsorship and paid-for educational programmes like Immersion.