How companies in Wales 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 Gino Brancazio would be 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 Wales 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 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

Gary Swale, CEO and founder, Inspirze

“It was a huge honour to be involved in Rising Stars and get to semi-finalist stage – it really validated what we are trying to do as a business and was a good morale boost.

“The pitch mentoring workshop gave us the confidence to present and position Inspirze for the UK market. Pitching at the semi-final was still one of the scariest moments of my life, but it put things into perspective for me in terms of what I wanted to say and wanted people to hear.

“Rising Stars’ Semi-Final and Grand Final events gave us the opportunity to connect with one of the UK’s foremost digital ecosystems. As we come from South Africa, that allowed us to evaluate both our business strategy and tech against the UK’s most innovative, forward-thinking tech startups.”


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

Matt Warren, CEO and founder, Veeqo

“The exciting thing about the Upscale programme is the ability to speak and work with founders who have been there and done it, and can share their experience and critic our plans. These guys are genuinely best of best UK has to offer and you can not get better support and advice.”

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

We haven’t yet had a Wales company on Future Fifty.
Could yours be the first?

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