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 impact

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.

558Companies engaged on programmes
586Visa applications processed
1,070DBA learners completing courses
1201715Website page views

April 2018 – February 2019

(updated 4.3.19)

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

Bien King
Programme Manager

Davina Yanful
Events Lead

Dimple Arjan
Management Accountant

Dominic D'Arcy
Senior Graphic Designer

Ed Willis
Learning Lead

EJ Quinn
Events Lead (Contractor)

Eloise Seriau
Senior Programme Manager

Eoin Marsh
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - London

Esme Caulfield
Competitions Lead

Frances Hemingway
Head of Finance & Company Secretary

Francesca Cahill
Ecosystem Insights Specialist

Gary Davidson
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Northern Ireland

George Windsor
Head of Insights

Georgina Hardy
Head of Business Development

Gerard Grech
Chief Executive Officer

Gino Brancazio
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Wales

Gordon Wallace
Executive Assistant

Greg Michel
Fintech Lead

Harriet Woolfrey
Programme Coordinator

Harry Rhys Davies
AI Programme Lead

Hayley Fisher
Senior People Consultant

Heika Fu
Head of Product & Delivery

Jack Preece
Learning Creator

Jae Lee
Insight Analyst

James Bedford
Head of Investment Partnerships

Jamie Hardesty
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – North East

Jazz Hanley
Senior Partnerships Manager

Jem Henderson
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Yorkshire

Kane Fulton
Entrepreneur Engagement Content Manager

Laila Tjensvoll
Marketing Executive

Lauren Nicholson
Early-stage Lead

Liam Ward
Programme Manager

Lindy Pryah
Senior Operations Manager

Lucy Cousins
Data Design Manager

Lydia Hawthorn
Project Portfolio Lead

Maria Palmieri
Head of Government Relations

Matt Jeff-Watts
Head of Visas

May Thakrar
Finance & Legal Project Coordinator (Contractor)

Meera Last
Programme Manager

Mike Jackson
Entrepreneur Success Director

Mo Aldalou
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - North West

Nadina Osmani
Content & Creative Manager

Naomi Watts
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Midlands

Ollie Bone
Cyber Lead

Orla Browne
Content Editor

Parveen Dhanda
Head of Growth Programmes & Late-stage Lead

Paul Abbott
Tech Lead

Ria Khan
Commercial Coordinator

Ruth Fussell
Events Manager

Sinead Daly
Mid-stage Lead

Stephan Kuester
Head of International Consulting

Suzana Kolodziejczyk
Events Executive

Tara Van Gruisen
Business Operations Coordinator

Tia McPhee
Marketing Director

Ugne Sapezinskaite
Strategic Accounts Manager

Vicki Shiel
Content Strategist (Freelancer)

Vicky Hunter
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - South West

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.