Helping UK tech companies with international growth

What is Tech Nation doing internationally?

There has never been a better time for UK tech on the global stage.

Tech Nation supports the ambitions made by entrepreneurs, founders and government alike to seize the opportunities internationally and realise the full exporting potential of UK tech.

Tech Nation’s most recent Unlocking Global Tech report found that the UK was the 5th greatest digital tech services exporter in the world in 2019. This position has been driven by a relatively high number of high growth exporting tech companies in the UK, many of which are yet to realise their full exporting potential. 

Tech Nation understands the needs of scale ups as they look to grow internationally and is here to help. 

The offer for UK tech

We can support you with your international growth. For UK tech companies interested in expansion specifically to Asia Pacific, Tech Nation is offering:

  • market intelligence 
  • market entry support in key markets
  • match-making with overseas investors and business opportunities
  • access to a Tech Nation international network who have successfully scaled overseas

If you are a scaleup looking for international support please complete this expression of interest form or and we will get back to you.

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Expand to Asia Pacific 

As part of the UK government’s Digital Trade Network, Tech Nation is supporting UK scale ups with their growth into Asia Pacific markets.

Meet the team

Samantha Evans – Head of International (based in UK)

With more than 10 years experience advising tech companies on how to grow and succeed in overseas territories (UK, Europe, the US and Asia), Sam has recently joined Tech Nation to establish their first international support network for the UK’s leading scaling digital tech companies with overseas ambition. 

Sam has recently returned to the UK after 8 years living in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York. During this time Sam worked with both US companies expanding to Europe and Asia and UK companies growing and doing business in the US.

She has extensive knowledge of the common hurdles and mistakes companies make and how to avoid them.

Maxime Pourrat, Head of APAC (based in Singapore)

Max has close to 15 years of experience in Private Equity, tech startups and scaleups, MNCs and hospitality – he has lived and worked in Geneva, London, Beijing and Singapore.

Max has a proven track record working across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America scaling businesses from inception to profitability,  and is considered an expert in his field.

Prior to Tech Nation, Max was part of the founding team and Managing Director APAC at Winnow Solutions, an AI company specializing in food waste management – he led the APAC growth for 6 years, operating across 15 countries, managing 4 offices and support globally through 3 rounds of fundings. 

Sebastiaan Bruinsma – Entrepreneur in Residence

Seb is the Co-Founder of Nobly. Nobly Point of Sale is the #1 rated cloud EPOS in the market. Over the years Nobly has grown from a few shops in London, to thousands in over 40 countries. The company is headquartered in London, but has offices in Austin Texas, Melbourne Australia and a development centre boasting top engineers in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Currently, Seb is overseeing the Global Sales Strategy, Growth and Finance.

Mark Beresford – Technology and Trade Specialist 

Mark is an international business development and technology specialist. Working with globally ambitious tech companies, cities, regions and universities to build international trade, attract inward investment and commercialise new technologies. He has lived and worked in the EU (France and Netherlands). 

Sonja Montague MacKay – Technology Trade & Investment Specialist

Sonja has more than 20 years of experience in trade and investment across the world supporting companies to expand and grow.  Spending many years in Silicon Valley supporting the APAC growth of tech unicorns Square, Slack, Zendesk, Eventbrite, GoPro, CultureAmp, and Expensify.  Sonja helps build the bridge between Government and the private sector.

Sonja is also the founder of The More Human Company, a mindful leadership and wellbeing consultancy.  Supporting startups and governments to create more human workplaces and support mental wellbeing.

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If you are a talented or promising individual and want to work in the UK’s digital technology sector, the Tech Nation Visa can help you do this.

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