Tech Nation Talks – South West

June 19, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Details on Eventbrite

Tech Nation Report - UK Tech on the Global Stage

We are Tech Nation, the UK network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs.

This summer, Tech Nation will showcase its 2019 Report in Bristol featuring the latest insights on UK tech’s global performance, tech ecosystem, and emerging technologies.

Join us at Watershed for an evening of insight, panel discussion and networking, as we explore how the UK's digital tech ecosystem stacks up against global competition while discussing the South West's role specifically.

This is an event bringing together founders, entrepreneurs, investors and tech ecosystem partners to make new connections, gain further insight into the tech ecosystem at large and celebrate the success of the local sector.

We'd be delighted to have you join us!

When: 19th June 2019 18:00-20:30

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX


18:00 - Registration & Reception

18:30 - Report 2019: UK Tech on the Global Stage

18:50 - Insights into the South West

19:00 - Panel discussion with Q&A

19:45 - Networking & Refreshments

20:30 - Event Ends


Tech Nation's Vicky Hunter will Chair a panel discussing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of South West tech. The panel will include;

Kathryn White is Innovation Manager at the Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab, where she works to match local SMEs with the skills and resources available within the university and across the programme partnership. Kathryn has extensive experience in corporate and startup innovation, including eight years with Royal Bank of Scotland, with three years in Silicon Valley working on Open Innovation with startups and larger technology companies. She recently took a year to carry out on-the-ground research into innovation ecosystems in emerging markets, travelling through 20 countries in 8 months across 3 continents. You can view some of this research at

Nick Sturge has a first in Electronics and Computing and after working at semiconductor business, Inmos, he co-founded Motion Media Technology which listed in 2000 hitting a peak valuation of £270m. Nick grew the Bristol SETsquared high-tech business incubator to be ranked the world’s best university business incubator, in 2015. In 2013, Nick co-founded Engine Shed, a collaboration between Bristol University and City Council, which houses the SETsquared Centre and other projects to drive inclusive growth. He was recognised as the most connected person in Tech, in Bristol & Bath, in 2018.

Nick is National IoD Council member for the South West. He is vice-chair of the West of England LEP High Tech Sector Group and on the steering board of TechSW.

Joyann Boyce (aka Joy) is a social media consultant and founder of The Social Detail, she works with SMEs and technology companies to help them utilise social media to its full potential. Through the agency, Joy has worked with a range of organisations such as Bristol City Council, Black Girl Convention, SETsquared and Future Space. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion with the marketing and tech sector, having partnered with TechSPARK on projects such as SHIFT creates diverse stock photography.

Dan Pritchard is Managing Director of South West marketing and PR agency Astley Media and co-founder of Tech South West. A former TV producer and journalist, he has been helping brands embrace change and create genuine emotional connection with people to help them grow their business for 20 years - with a particular focus on technology, transport and professional services. And he plays guitar, paddles kayaks and pedals road bikes.

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