We are very excited to announce the launch of a Data Commons for UK Tech, in collaboration with Dealroom. This ground-breaking national database is set to become a vital resource for founders, investors and policymakers.
Database reveals a record first half of 2019, with venture capital investment of $4.8bn into UK tech companies
Contains information on 33,000 startups and 22,000 transactions, with details on 12,000 investors and more
Includes information on infrastructure providers, accelerators, universities, support agencies and workspaces
Combines managed, user-generated and submitted content
The new Data Commons resource has been created to provide a 360-degree view of the rapidly evolving innovation economy, right across the UK. It includes detailed information on individual technology businesses, founders, investors, VC funds, angels, accelerators, universities and service providers to the sector.
The innovation economy is thriving in every country and region of the UK, but a lack of comprehensive information on activity and emerging trends within the national ecosystem has been one of the factors inhibiting growth. By creating an inclusive data commons, Tech Nation and Dealroom want to provide a world-leading resource that can help Britain’s emerging technology companies to fulfil their potential.
Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “This timely initiative from Tech Nation and Dealroom is a world-first with the potential to spark a new wave of investment in the UK’s tech startups and help create new jobs and prosperity across the country.
“International and UK-based investors are pumping record amounts of cash into our thriving technology industry and, as they arrive in the capital for London Tech Week, this new tool will provide them with a rich new data source to inform their decisions.”
Dealroom for improvement
But we also need your help. We believe this is the most extensive free to use tech industry data platform in the UK, but we want to make it even better. Contribute to filling the gaps. Tell us about your startup or scaleup; let us know about local accelerators. Let’s make sure nothing’s being missed.
Openness is key to the effectiveness of the project. The platform provides a secure space that allows members of the tech community to pool information that will benefit the wider community. In addition to analytics and other data provided by Dealroom, the database is enhanced by a broad range of third party submitted and user-generated content. All users will be invited and encouraged to upload relevant information, so that an already rich well of data will grow organically, providing an accurate picture of trends and activity within the tech startup scene.
Lesley Eccles, Serial Entrepreneur and Board Member at Tech Nation, said: “When you’re building a technology business, speed is vital. Having access to a high quality database of relevant investors, potential partners and service providers specialising in the tech space, means that UK tech companies will be able to make the right decisions more quickly. The DataCommons by Tech Nation and Dealroom provides the tools to make meaningful connections and informed decisions. This will ultimately help UK tech businesses connect locally to grow globally.”
Connecting the dots
The data commons will provide investors and entrepreneurs with the information they need to develop their business plans and make transformative connections with a broad range of potential partners within the ecosystem. For instance, the platform provides often isolated founders with an opportunity to see who else is working in their field, the success stories to date, growth indicators and where businesses in the same sector are concentrated. Using heat maps, the Data Commons can make often complex data easy to understand and assimilate.
George Windsor, Head of Insights at Tech Nation said: “Until now it has often been difficult for technology businesses to connect with others in their market or find partners, customers and investors. This has been a source of friction that is slowing down growth. The Data Commons for UK Tech provides a means to make connections that are meaningful to them in geographical terms. For example it could allow an angel investor to identify fast-growing businesses in their regions, or enabling a startup to make contact with a nearby co-working space or accelerator.”
Levelling the playing field
The UK’s digital tech economy has thrived in recent years despite an uneven playing field in terms of information around the support ecosystem. Many successful startups – and a significant number of unicorns – are emerging in parts of the country that are not normally considered to be tech hotspots. However, coverage of the sector outside London is inconsistent.
Yoram Wijngaarde, CEO and Founder at Dealroom, said: “Dealroom was founded around a central mission to make discovery of promising companies easier for everyone, with a particular focus on startup ecosystems and investment opportunities. The Data Commons for UK Tech represents a special project for us. As a system that is open to all, we believe it will ensure that stakeholders in Britain’s innovation economy have the data and insights they require to make good decisions as well as encourage users to become part of a community in which data is shared for the good of everyone.”
By providing a national database that is searchable at local and regional levels, the Data Commons aims to redress imbalances of information. Thus an investor based in Scarborough or Weston-Super can search the local area for investment opportunities and a startup can use the system to identify the nearest, incubators, accelerators or investors. Tech Nation’s Entrepreneur Engagement Managers, who are on the ground across the UK, will work with emerging technology companies to encourage a flow of user-generated data.
Adam Hale, Board Member, Tech Nation, said: “I registered as soon as I saw this. Data like this is key to building a community of success in the UK which sits at the heart of Tech Nation’s mission. This data allows people to understand and navigate the community, informing them what to know and also who to know. It will highlight opportunities for partnership, collaboration, investment and even angels by area. For those based in the UK’s largest town, Reading and places like it, this kind of information allows us to compete globally.”
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