We’re excited to announce – Rising Stars – the ultimate pitch competition designed for innovative early-stage tech startups is back…
This exciting event provides a valuable platform for tech startups to showcase their innovations locally, regionally, and nationally. Such exposure will substantially enhance their brand visibility and attract potential customers, partners, and investors.
Finalists will get the opportunity to showcase their businesses on the formidable London Tech Week (LTW) stage, PLUS gain access to numerous prizes set to propel their businesses forward.
Rising Stars applications are now open!
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Who is Rising Stars for?
We want to showcase the brightest and best that UK tech has to offer but applicants must meet a few simple criteria, including:
Headquartered in the UK
A digital tech business with a product or service to sell
At Seed to pre-Series A funding stage. If the company is bootstrapped, maximum annual revenues are below £1.5 million
Able to demonstrate market traction
At least one active client or pilot
Ambition to scale
Able to commit to Rising Stars dates
Rising Stars Alumni
How it works
Early-stage tech start ups from all over the UK will submit their virtual pitch via Instagram (@technationhq), alongside a questionnaire to understand more about their business and why they should be titled a Rising Star.
Application details, including how to apply without an Instagram account will be released on Monday 19 February.
The judging panel, which will include some of the most influential entrepreneurs and investors, will select finalists to pitch in person at one of the six regional locations home to leading start ups: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, North England, Midlands, South England.
Grand finalists will be selected to pitch at the prestigious London Tech Week on 10 June 2024.