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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. In November 2017, 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.
To make the UK the best place to imagine, start and grow a digital business.
To empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections; to build a UK economy fit for the next generation.
Originality: we break new ground
Meaningful Collaboration: we nurture relationships
Real Impact: we make it count
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.
One of our core values as a team is real impact, ensuring that everything we do is having a positive benefit on the people we serve, namely, ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs across the country.
Our work is measured against a set of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) through which we can be held accountable both by Government, who part fund us, as well as the companies we serve, who are integral to our success as an organisation.
Last year we underwent an independent impact evaluation by SQW (a provider of research, analysis and advice in economic and social development), which found that our activities provide both a benefit to the economy, as well as positively contributed to the “development of the digital tech community that is now less fragmented and is better networked and connected within the UK and internationally.” The report also found that Tech Nation generates at least £6 of return on every £1 invested, which is much higher than the industry average.
In order to track our success, we have a variety of different measures including but not limited to: the number of companies engaged on our Growth Programmes (as well as their regional breakdown), the number of live learners on our Digital Business Academy, the number of applicants that come through our Tech Nation Visa scheme, our digital reach, as well as the number of reports and articles we publish and the amount of media coverage they garner as a result.
Furthermore, as part of our renewed mission to become a truly national network of ambitious tech entrepreneurs, we are in the process of establishing our presence, via Entrepreneur Engagement Management on the ground across 11 key clusters, to connect on a local level and help the next generation of UK-based tech entrepreneurs to raise their game through knowledge, skills, resources and connections.
If you would like to find out more about how we work, please get in touch with a member of our team.
April 2018 – March 2019
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.
Chairman of DevOpsGroup
Founder & CEO at WANdisco
Partner at Passion Capital, Chair of Tech Nation
Founder of Enterprise Nation
Chief Executive at Tech Nation
Co-Founder of FanDuel, Founder & CEO at Relish
Co-Founder & Chair of Unruly
VP, Tech Media Telecom Group at Barclays
Vice President at AlphabetX
Entrepreneur Advisory Panel
Meet the team
We’re going to need a wider lens soon. Our team has almost doubled in the last year, but we’re still on the hunt for new people to join Tech Nation. We have specialists in everything from ops and partnerships to content and marketing. We’re spread out across the UK too, from London to Ediburgh, Cambridge to Belfast, and everywhere in between.
Business Performance Analyst
Head of Creative & Content
Anne Marie Nicholls
Marketing Acquisition Manager
Senior Insights Manager
Senior Graphic Designer
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - South East
Head of Finance & Company Secretary
Senior Government & Communications Manager
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Northern Ireland
Head of Insights
Head of Business Development
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Wales
Visa Programme Manager
AI Programme Lead
Senior People Consultant
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Glasgow
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – North East
Propositions & Partnerships Lead
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Yorkshire
Entrepreneur Engagement Content Manager
Customer Data Administrator
Senior Operations Manager
Head of Entrepreneur Engagement
Data Design Manager
Project Portfolio Lead
Head of Government Relations
Head of Visas
Entrepreneur Success Director
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - North West
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Midlands
Head of Growth Programmes & Late-stage Lead
Tara Van Gruisen
Business Operations Coordinator
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - South West
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 2019-20 is £7.1m. This represents roughly 80% of our funding. The rest is generated from sponsorship and paid-for educational programmes like Immersion.