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How companies in the Midlands have benefitted from Tech Nation’s growth programmes
They’re all designed to scale and grow the next generation of tech businesses based in the country, each offering tailored solutions to the biggest challenges facing UK companies – from access to networks and investors to hiring top talent, and expanding internationally.
If you would like to discuss anything about them – from applying to timescales and everything in-between – your local Entrepreneur Engagement Manager Naomi Watts is happy to help.
Additionally, to better help you understand how appearing on a programme could benefit you and your scaleup, we’ve asked our alumni founders in the Midlands to share their insight and experiences. Here’s what they had to say.
Rising Stars is the UK’s most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech startups, designed to take your business to the next level. With a prize package built to significantly raise the profile and awareness of the winning companies on both a national and international level, you’ll also be given the opportunity to connect with top investors, influencers and corporates. Applications for Rising Stars 2.0 are now open. Apply today
Leo Scott Smith, founder and CEO, Tended
“Rising Stars was incredibly beneficial for us as an early-stage startup. Having the support of a nationally-recognised organisation has helped with investment and the development of our company, added credibility and given us increased press coverage.
“The Rising Stars team continues to be supportive – even after we finished the programme, they still reach out to us with business opportunities. The latest was connecting us with WIRED, who subsequently invited us to exhibit at their flagship AI event in London – for free! I would strongly recommend any young tech company to apply for Rising Stars.”
Joel Blake, founder and MD, Feelyx.com
“Rising Stars was a catalyst for change in our business. It gave us attention and the opportunity to change our perspective of what we wanted to do, and go for it! Tech Nation helped us to scale by giving us the chance to really accelerate our growth and learn more about how to be the best we can be.
“The programme also gave us a different perspective on our business and the ability to pivot. We are now partnering with global banks and looking to expand into new markets worldwide. The next steps for us? To scale and take over the world!”
Upscale helps the UK’s most promising tech companies to accelerate their growth and unlock the key to scaling successfully. Based on values of honesty, intimacy and trust, this established, curated programme is designed to reflect companies’ scaling journey. Companies explore fundamental growth challenges with peers and benefit from sessions delivered by expert scale coaches who have been through it all. Applications for Upscale 5.0 are now open. Apply today
Robert Milnes, CEO, Fertility Focus
“Upscale helped us understand we’re not alone in our journey through the ‘messy middle’ – the gap between launching and profitability. Shared experience through the Upscale network and alumni, and a willingness to be really open about challenges will equip other tech businesses in a growth phase with knowhow and confidence to continue their success.”
Adam Bird, co-founder and CEO, Cronofy
“By bringing founders and senior team members together, Upscale delivered an invaluable forum for success. Being able to learn and develop alongside peers at a similar business stage raised the team’s ambition, and increased operational confidence – and it has already impacted our growth rate.”
Future Fifty is the UK’s leading late-stage growth programme, bringing together the country’s most successful tech companies to build a powerful network and problem-solve with peers. With the help of the tech community, the programme supports these companies in achieving their global ambitions, creating jobs and opportunities across the UK, and inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, founders and businesses. Applications for Future Fifty 8.0 are now open. Apply today
Jill Palmer, CEO, Click Travel
“Future Fifty has been fantastic for profile-raising, networking, and generally getting our name out to potential customers, suppliers and senior people for mentoring and support. The programme also provided networking support and groups for all of our directors.
“I would say that it was just very inspirational. We are a fast-growing tech company in business travel, and we were very impressed with Future Fifty and the alumni on the programme – they’re the kinds of businesses that we want to be associated with.”