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We fuel growth

Tech Nation is the growth platform for tech companies and leaders

Tech Nation fuels the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies. We provide them with the coaching, content and community they need for their journey in designing the future.

Tech Nation catalyses the 21st century infrastructure that accelerates the entire ecosystem, bringing together a network of purposeful founders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions in order to collaborate in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond.

When we started out in 2010, we dreamt of a tech nation that united the country. We kicked off by shining a spotlight on London’s tech cluster, and then rapidly expanded our reach to join the dots on UK technology, from Belfast to Bangor, Dundee to Derby, Liverpool to Leeds, Sheffield to Sunderland and Newcastle to Norwich. Our growth programmes, visa scheme, digital academy, networking conferences, international expansion programs, sandboxes, panels and in-depth sector research, analysis and reports have helped shape the trajectory and success of UK tech, now valued at $1trn (16x in 10 years) and employing 4.8m people (2x in 10 years)with salaries 80% higher than professional jobs.

  • Within the UK Tech ecosystem, our focus has been on supporting the scaleups which create over 90% of U.K. tech jobs, and we’re proud of the fact that those we’ve accelerated have disproportionately thrived. 
  • While 80% of start-ups fail within their first 2-5 years, over 95% of start-ups on Tech Nation’s growth programmes have gone on to scale. Some 40% of all tech unicorns and decacorns created in the UK have graduated from a Tech Nation growth programme, collectively raising over £28.1bn so far in venture capital and capital markets. 
  • 13,000 jobs have been created nationwide as a direct result of our intervention. Our alumni includes the biggest names in UK tech; Monzo, Revolut, Bloom and Wild, Zilch, Just Eat, DarkTrace, Marshmallow, Sky Scanner, Peak AI and Deliveroo, to name just a few of the 5,000+ businesses we’ve supported.

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Our purpose

To fuel the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies, economies and outcomes.

Our vision

A world in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to scale and succeed as a game-changing leader.

Our values

  • Deliver impact that lasts
  • Collaborate to innovate
  • Inform to inspire
  • Be all in

What we do

We fuel the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies, economies and outcomes.

Growth programmes

Our growth stage programmes target the rising stars, fast movers and new leaders, supporting them on the journey of starting up, skilling up and growing up. Our sector programmes double down on the UK’s USPs, uplifting companies operating in financial services, cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Digital entrepreneurship skills

Our academy provides the know-how needed to start, join or grow a digital business, levelling the playing field to diversify the technology landscape.

Visa scheme

Our visa programme fast tracks the acquisition of exceptional people in digital technology, enriching the UK’s entrepreneurial workforce with global talent.

Championing UK digital

Our thought leadership showcases data, research and analysis on the UK’s digital economy, opening up access to the information, insights and intel that optimise acceleration.

Our impact

Over the past decade Tech Nation programmes have engaged over 5,000 businesses, including accelerating 1,250 companies from across the country through 48 growth programmes. 28.1bn has been raised by these companies and through this, we’ve contributed more than £600m of Gross Value Add (GVA) for the UK economy.

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5,000+companies supported overall
£600mGross Value Added to UK economy since 2014
6000+Tech Nation Visa applications with 3000+ endorsed
£28.1bn+raised by alumni companies
13 IPOsfrom our alumni companies
30% of all tech unicorns ever created have graduated from a Tech Nation programme
40%of all tech decacorns ever created have graduated from a Tech Nation programme
3000+members on our Growth Platform
1250Companies engaged on programmes
48Growth Programmes delivered
64,000+Academy learners
80+Reports Delivered
13000+Additional jobs created as a result of Tech Nation intervention.
700+Events delivered
1New digital trade network in South East Asia to help scale-ups grow internationally
£15+Return on every pound invested by the Government
350+Pledges on Tech Zero – for companies committing to be Net Zero

Our Board

We’ve assembled a board of serial founders, seasoned investors and sector experts who share our obsession with building, backing and boosting the technological innovation to improve the future for the UK and beyond. They have lived the entrepreneurial journey so they can voice the founder perspective at board level. They keep us accountable, ensure we’re effective and accelerate our ambitions. Like us, they want to contribute to a future in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to scale and succeed as a game-changing leader.

Our Executive Team

Our funding

We are both publicly and privately funded. Our core grant funding from DCMS accounted for 61.5% of our funding in 2021/22. The remainder of our funding is generated from sponsorship, commercial partnerships and other government contracts.