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 Mo Aldalou 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 West 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 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
“As such a highly recognised award, Rising Stars was a chance for us as a regional business to get national recognition, publicity and press coverage for what we are trying to build. It offers marketing and PR while opening a lot of doors which was invaluable for us as a new company at that time.
“After appearing on Rising Stars, journalists offering press-related opportunities started coming to us instead of us chasing them. Similarly, a bunch of VC firms that we’d spoken to previously approached us to talk about funding.”
“Initially we entered Rising Stars on a little bit of a whim as we saw it advertised online and thought it looked like a great opportunity. We weren’t quite sure exactly where it would lead to, but we’re thankful that we applied!
“The exposure that we got from it kind of catapulted us to another level that we simply wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise. We’ve had talks from all sorts of people – from investors down to legal and finance assistants – that we wouldn’t have been able to access without having those sorts of connections that we’ve developed through Rising Stars.”
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
“Upscale has given us the incredibly rare opportunity to learn from leaders and founders on how to solve the challenges we face in our business, all based upon their own (and often very recent) successful deliveries and painful lessons.
“The programme has also given us an environment where we don’t always have to say that everything in our business is 100% perfect – it’s about being honest in a supportive, confidential environment and, frankly, reducing our risk of making mistakes! We feel very fortunate to be part of Upscale’s alumni and I expect it will continue to serve us extremely well in the coming months and years.”
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
Follow in the footsteps of Bolton-based tech unicorn and Future Fifty alumni company ao.com.
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