How companies in the North East have benefitted from Tech Nation’s growth programmes

Kane Fulton, September 23, 2019 3 min read

You may have noticed that we recently opened applications for three of the UK’s most renowned growth programmes – Rising Stars, Upscale and Future Fifty.

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 Jamie Hardesty 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 North East to share their insight and experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars is the UK’s most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies, 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

Ben Wigham, Product Owner, Kani

“The pitching support that we received at the Rising Stars semi-final was incredible and has given confidence to go on and do more pitching.”


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

We haven’t yet had a company from the North East on Upscale.
Could yours be the first?

Future Fifty

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

Malcolm Cowley, CEO, Partnerize

“Future Fifty has helped Partnerize with exposure, and it has also helped us gain interest from VCs.”

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