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 Jem Henderson 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 Yorkshire 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
“Tech Nation has been nothing short of a blessing, especially at a time when Carbon Performance was looking to expand its footprint, strategically network and raise investment. We are very fortunate to have been on Rising Stars alongside some of the most disruptive startups in the UK and were proud to be one of the finalists. Being an alumni has exponentially raised our profile and given us access to innumerable opportunities with clients, investors, and mentors.
“The personal touch that Tech Nation offers through frequent follow-ups, articles, and its engagement managers has certainly brought about a strong sense of community among tech entrepreneurs in the UK. Carbon Performance is growing rapidly and we cannot wait to be a part of the Upscale programme in the near future. Tech Nation is a must for anyone looking to turn their big vision into reality!”
“Rising Stars was a really important milestone for our business, which had been incorporated for seven months at the time (though we had been going for longer). The competition was a kind of gear changer, a really motivational step that saw us become a business recognised by a really reputable reward process – and that has opened a lot of doors for us.
“We’re always learning, and the pitch training was done brilliantly; it got us switched into the right mindset and helped us deliver the key components of our plan and presentation, which was originally an hour long. Tech Nation trained us to take that plan and put it into an elevator pitch – and it’s been used ever since.”
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
Follow in the footsteps of companies like Leeds-based Cocoon, Upscale alumni.
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’ve gained a lot more connections to government – including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (or DCMS) – since being on Future Fifty, which has been very useful. We have built many products for insurance and need to remain connected on the political side. We’re trying to expand what we do beyond insurance, using the data we gather to improve roads and safety, which fits into the government’s agenda.
“Future Fifty has given us a voice – we’ve been to Number 10 a few times and chatted to a lot of people. That was all triggered through the programme – without it we would not have got those connections which have been fundamental for us to expand our business.
“We’ve also got onto panels regarding the government’s Industrial Strategy and the future of the tech sector, which has cast a big lens over Sheffield that wasn’t there before. And having a point of contact for the Tech Nation Visa Scheme has also proved useful.”
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