Rising Stars is back…
Rising Stars is Tech Nation’s pitch competition for early-stage tech startups. Rising Stars will offer a platform to showcase tech startups at a local, regional, and national level. This exposure will significantly boost brand visibility, attract potential customers, partners, and investors.
You will benefit from significant profile raising throughout the competition, along with the opportunity to put your business in front of leading investors, influencers and corporates. We will even work with you throughout to ensure your business is investor ready, you are pitch ready, along with giving you access to top content, workshops and drop in sessions with key partners.
Rising stars will open for applications January 2024. Watch this space for updates or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Incorporated between 1 and 3 years
- Headquartered in 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
We’ve spent time listening to feedback from previous Rising Stars winners and curating a bespoke package of support to help take your business to the next level, including:
Opportunity to showcase your company to investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and the UK tech community
Tech Nation content campaigns and press coverage to raise your profile
Pitch training and coaching throughout the competition by Pitch for Success
Opportunity to network with potential investors at the Rising Stars VC Office Hours
Content, masterclasses and bespoke support on selling into Corporates by Rocket Studio
Former winners of Rising Stars
Click here to see some of the incredible companies that won Rising Stars 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0…
Belfast | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @budibase
Building custom software for your business in minutes, without coding, Budibase is an open source, nocode platform used for building web applications, to digitise your business. Small to medium sized businesses and digital consultants use Budibase to build and host apps, or for supporting their self-hosted deployments.
North East | Digital & Creative Tech | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @cgherofreelance
CGHero is a collaborative talent platform for digital artistry in the media and entertainment industry, offering flexible access to over 6,000 'heroes' with vetted skills to deliver a wide range of creative production work including 2D, 3D, Animation and VFX.
- Codices Interactive
Truro | Digital Entertainment | @quizkit
Codices Interactive provides viewers with a live interactive video platform, enabling any broadcaster to create interactive shows. Its first product is now the most used gameshow creation tool on the Twitch platform, with 1,000+ monthly active broadcasters and 300,000 unique monthly viewers.
London | Tech For Good | @hypdev
CoGrammar operates the largest coding education provider in Africa - HyperionDev. Through this, they source, select, train, and integrate full-time code reviewers from top African tech talent. This allows Western companies to affordably assess developers and technical team quality, whilst creating hundreds of jobs in African countries.hypdev
London | Lawtech | @trydefine
Drafting made simple, Define optimises the contract drafting and reviewing process by allowing users to quickly access key information (namely all defined terms and references) in legal documents without ever having to leave the provision they are working on and lose their context of review. Define acts as a risk management tool and efficiency software that helps lawyers save time when working on legal documents.
Norwich | Healthtech & Biotech | @eSurgeryCares
e-Surgery is the UK’s leading prescribing service and sustainable online pharmacy. Patients simply need to go to their website, choose the treatment they need, fill in a simple health questionnaire and wait for next day delivery in discreet recyclable and biodegradable packaging. They're a private healthcare provider radically proving the idea that private healthcare can be affordable and that these efficiencies can be made available for the masses.
Derry | Healthtech & Biotech | @Its_Elemental
Elemental is an award-winning tech for good company with the purpose of empowering and enabling individuals, families and their carers to better connect into community-based programmes, services and interventions that make a positive impact on their lives. Through an innovative digital platform, it provides teams with the technical connectivity they need for multi-sector partnership working, leadership, and the measurement of mobilisation of support where needed.
Derby | Hardware & Devices & IoT
Locker management made easy, eLocker connects Bluetooth enabled locks to the internet via an IoT gateway. Already working with Amazon, DHL and Kuehne and Nagel, it’s the world's first wirelessly managed locker solution.
Cambridge | Hardware & Devices & IoT | @FoundriesIO
Rising Stars 2.0 winners Foundries.io address security and device management for IoT and Edge devices by developing software micro-platforms. They provide a self-service cloud solution with turnkey services to develop, secure, deploy and maintain embedded IoT and Edge compute products. They enable secure IoT devices and provide lifetime software maintenance at a fraction of current costs.
Aberdeen | Healthtech & Biotech | @LiberEatApp
LiberEat makes life easier for people with dietary restrictions. It provides bespoke menus, supermarket grocery options, and recipes to users with options filtered by their requirements, helping businesses such as restaurants and supermarkets become more accessible, and providing useful analytics and insights. It has the potential to seriously reduce harm from food allergies.
Edinburgh | Tech For Good | @neatebox
Tackling personal loneliness and communication, the Neatebox “Welcome” platform removes barriers and promotes empathetic relationships between consumers and customer service teams, promoting real societal change and heralding a new age of understanding and communication.
- People Matter Technology
Ringwood | Artificial Intelligence | SaaS | @peoplematterltd
People Matter Tech’s mental wellness platform is a safe online space that measures and improves mental wellness at work, without surveys. Their AI learns who you are and how your digital environment impacts your burnout risk, offering personalised recommendations.
- PPC Protect
Chorley | Data Analytics & Cyber security | SaaS | @ppcprotect
Rising Stars 1.0 alumni PPC Protect develop automation software for PPC advertisements, aiming to minimise the effects of click fraud and ad fraud for digital media advertisers, a criminal activity that is estimated to cost up from $19bn in 2019 - and it shows no sign of slowing down.
Exeter | HRtech | @rolemapper
How jobs are designed and job descriptions are created is critical to attracting and retaining talent, but the process for designing jobs is broken, manual and disconnected. RoleMapper helps organisations to design and manage jobs, and create great job descriptions that increase hiring diversity and workforce flexibility.
London | Lawtech | @seedlegals
The world's first and only automated legal service for funding rounds, SeedLegals make it super easy for startups to raise investment and manage company equity at a fraction of the cost of traditional service providers. No paper. No law firms. No accountants. Everything's done digitally on their platform. Launching back in 2016, today they are the largest closer of funding rounds in the UK.
Birmingham | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @shopperdotcom
Shopper.com is a community-driven global marketplace for online and offline voucher codes, covering thousands of e-commerce sites. It automatically applies the best value voucher code at checkout in one click for both mobile and desktop devices.
Southampton | SaaS
Working in the retail and fashion space, Sparkbox uses machine learning to reduce stock, improve profitability, and prevent over-discounting by optimising prices. Their AI helps retail teams leverage their data, understand the impact of pricing decisions and make the most of the inventory they own
Liverpool | Edtech | @supply_well
SupplyWell is a digital recruitment solution putting control in the hands of teachers and schools. It connects teachers and schools together directly removing the need for slow and costly traditional agencies, which allows teachers to earn more while schools pay less and ensure that wellbeing comes as standard.
- Talking Medicines
Glasgow | Healthtech & Biotech | @TMedicines
Talking Medicines captures the digital voice of the patient, aggregating it into patterns of behaviours and commercialising it to brand managers in pharmaceutical companies through subscription access. They put patient centricity at the core of what they do, aiming to improve outcomes of medicines.
Liverpool | Fintech | @my_tickr
tickr is transforming impact investment for Europe’s next generation of investors. For people who want to invest, but want to have a positive impact on society and the environment at the same time, tickr's app allows users to invest in socially responsible companies with as little as £5.
Manchester | SaaS | @tootootofficial
tootoot is award-winning software that supports the psychological safety and wellbeing of individuals within education, sport and the workplace. tootoot provides a way for individuals to raise a concern to their organisation with complete confidentiality
London | Digital Entertainment | @vimma_ai
Vimma is building a productivity suite for passion entrepreneurs. Its app helps bloggers, vloggers and content creators manage their day-to-day business with simple tasks and processes. Vimma has over 20,000 registered users, and users have completed over 2 million productivity tasks with its app.
Oxford | Healthtech & Biotech | @vitaccess
Giving patients a voice, Vitaccess are creating powerful, real-world evidence platforms to quantify patients’ experience of treatments and illness. Their smartphone app and real-time data analytics dashboards together provide biopharmaceutical clients with evidence of how drugs and treatments affect patients' quality of life every day, outside of the clinical setting.
- We Build Bots
Cardiff | Artificial Intelligence | @ebuild_bots
We Build Bots delivers AI powered automation to the public sector, helping organisations deliver better, faster and cheaper citizen services. Leveraging bots, voice and conversational analytics, they help the public sector make better use of the data they collect, making it more predictive and more productive.
Don’t just take our word for it…
“Being a Rising Stars Finalist gave us a massive stamp of credibility – both externally for investors and internally for the team.”
Deirdre McGettrick, Founder & CEO, uFurnish
“We’ve been approached by investors who saw us in the Rising Stars campaign – usually we are the ones chasing them – incredible!”
Jonathan Lloyd, Founder, CGHero
“Rising Stars has allowed us to gain additional market credibility at an early stage and take this momentum into our fundraising and sales processes.”
Rhys Hodkinson, Head of Growth, Define
- Burns Sheehan
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