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. 

Tech Nation International is live …. supporting your future growth overseas!

We will help you to understand your growth potential overseas, build your market entry strategy, connect you with international VCs, introduce you to large corporations looking for new tech to solve their business problems and ensure you have your legal and operational considerations covered.

Tech Nation International is helping UK scaleups derisk and accelerate international growth – with a current focus on Asia Pacific markets. 

Through a range of activities over the next six months, UK scaleups will have the opportunity to accelerate access to capital, customers and talent, so that you can land and expand successfully in the Asia Pacific region. 

This work is part of the UK government’s Digital Trade Network. If you are ready to take your company overseas, register your interest for our upcoming programmes by October 8th 2021 below.

What is on offer?

International Growth Programmes 2.0

Join our second cohort for insights into key Asia Pacific markets – South East Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea –  and find out where the opportunity is, how to recruit talent, and how to get your first deal.

Asia Pacific Webinar Series

Industry experts will share their expertise on international expansion challenges (i.e. getting deals, hiring talent, business culture etc) so you can learn from them before making the leap overseas. The key markets we will cover will be South East Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea. 

International Fundraising Bootcamp

How does the investment market work in APAC? This International Fundraising Bootcamp will give you the opportunity to hear from local founders and VCs and connect with potential investors.

Reverse Pitching with APAC companies

We will be running a series of reverse pitching sessions, where you will hear from top corporations from Asia Pacific who want their problems solved by UK tech scaleups, and will give you the opportunity to pitch directly for their business. We will be running these with a focus on companies from South East Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Network of experts on International Growth

We have built a network of international mentors and advisers to help you answer those questions you have to accelerate your growth in Asia Pacific.

Who can apply?

Whether you are starting to explore new markets, or already have clients in Asia Pacific and are looking to hire new talent and set up an office, Tech Nation International can help you. 

In registering your interest, one of our team will get in touch with you to discuss your needs and assess which of our activities are most suitable for your stage of international growth into Asia Pacific. 

Tech Nation International – success in numbers

50+investor introductions
250+1-2-1 introductions to customers internationally
35companies successful on application to cohort 1.0
100+companies had 1-2-1 support on their international growth strategies

Don’t just take our word for it

“We decided to take part in the Tech Nation International programme as we had recently won some large contracts with major corporations here in the UK & Ireland and wanted to confirm there was indeed a market further afield. From the very first call, it was clear there was a genuine interest in understanding what Péarlaí was about and our plans for growth. I would highly recommend this initiative to anyone looking to grow into international markets.”


“There are lots of connections being made. Also my CTO has been featured on the Asia Tech data driven podcast – which was great. So a big thank you for facilitating this. Tech Nation International has been great for Topolytics.”


“We had a call this morning and the depth of what came back to us was just spot on. It’s really exciting to have such a clearly defined and deftly communicated framework to work from. Thanks again for your support in this area. It’s really making a huge difference to us.”

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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