About us

#WeAreTechNation
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 future will extend beyond timezones, territories and technologies. Our ambitions are as big as those of the entrepreneurs we elevate. Our current mission is to unlock the growth potential of 1000 scaling tech leadership teams across the UK by 2022. We want to contribute to a future in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to succeed as a game-changing leader. #WeAreTechNation. We fuel growth.

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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 five years, Tech Nation programmes have engaged over 3,000 businesses, including 845 companies via its growth programmes, already contributing more than £501m of Gross Value Add (GVA) for the UK economy.

Read a full report of Tech Nation’s activities and impact >

3,000+companies supported overall
£501mGross Value Added to UK economy
3,900+Tech Nation Visa applications processed
£20bnraised by alumni and cohort companies
618Companies engaged on programmes
3,900Visa applications processed
58,000Academy learners

Six killer charts on UK tech performance

1. Digital tech GVA (Gross value added) increased by 43% from 2010 to 2018

Source: DCMS Sector Estimates, 2020

2. Digital tech VC investment increased by 44% between 2018 and 2019, bring investment to all time record levels

Source: Tech Nation and Dealroom, 2020

Note: Figures vary to Tech Nation Reports due to additional data captured post hoc on deals after respective reports were published.

3. Digital economy jobs increased by 40% from 2017 to 2019, taking the total number of people working in the digital economy to over 2.9m

Source: Business Structure Database and Annual Population Survey, 2005-2019

Note: Figures vary to Tech Nation Reports due to revisions made based on 2017 population estimates.

4. In 2019, there were 7x the number of digital tech unicorns in the UK compared to 2010

Source: Tech Nation and Dealroom, 2020

5. The number of digital tech companies in the UK has risen by 56% since 2010, to over 185k

Source: ONS, UK Business Counts, 2010-2019

6. Turnover of digital tech companies has risen by 34% since 2011 in the UK

Source: Business Structure Database, 2011-2017

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

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.

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 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.