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Searching for the UK’s next Rising Stars
Rising Stars 2.0 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 along the way.
Applications for Rising Stars 2.0 are now closed.
Check out our Semi Finalists for Rising Stars 2.0!
Holkham | Artificial Intelligence | @AitrakCo
Aitrak is a visual optimisation solution for brands, retailers, and advertisers. It provides all the benefits of traditional eye-tracking studies, but with results in minutes, not days. Aitrak’s app allows brands, retailers and advertisers to upload, analyse and optimise their creative in minutes, without the need for special cameras, software, or study participants
- Apricity Compliance
Darlington | Fintech | @apricitycomply
Providing compliance support to financial advisers nationwide, Apricity Compliance has a mission to bring more young people into the ageing industry of financial services. Driving the industry forward, and encouraging good practices along the way, they enable their adviser clients to do the best thing for the end users.
Belfast | Fintech | @_Bluesona
Bluesona builds connected insurance solutions that deter distracted driving and incentivise safe on-road behaviour. Founded upon the principle of protection over repair, its product range encourages drivers to stay safe on the road and empowers insurers to meet the expectations of digital-savvy customers.
Leeds | Adtech & Marketing | @TheBranswer
Branswer is a smart content writing platform that helps businesses write effective customer communications. Writing prompts give users peace of mind that they have included the right information, tone analysis measures content, and AI insights determine whether it matches brand values.
- 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
- Cooperative Innovations
- Culture Shift
Manchester | Tech For Good | @reportsupport_
Culture Shift’s tech for good product Report + Support is a revolutionary online platform that allows victims and witnesses of any kind of bullying, abuse or harassment to report it, either anonymously or with details. The system also signposts those in need of support and provides organisations with vital information to help them tackle toxic behaviour and cultures.
Edinburgh | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @wearedrinkly
Drinkly is a drinks-on-demand service that promises “chilled beers, spirits and wines to your door in one hour”. Over 650 carefully-curated drinks and snacks are available for delivery to customers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
- Fair Custodian
Newcastle | SaaS | @@faircustodianuk
Fair Custodian is building an ecosystem where individuals have agency over their own personal data and their interactions with businesses. They help businesses to manage their existing personal data landscapes and meet their legislative obligations, and help individuals to understand where their personal data goes.
Totnes | Adtech & Marketing | @filmilyapp
Fans at large scale events record every moment and share it on social media and currently rights owners get little or no value from it. Filmily’s patented algorithms collect content from thousands of phones, automatically learn about it through AI and edit the clips together to create branded films.
- Fluence World
Birmingham | Artificial Intelligence | @FluenceWorld
Fluence allows regulators to automate complex, subjective quality assurance processes, enabling them to automatically review documents based on their own values, requirements and standards. This means regulators can disseminate quality assurance in ‘predictive models’ through their respective industries, creating new revenue streams, improving quality and reducing cost.
Cambridge | Hardware & Devices & IoT | @FoundriesIO
Foundries.io is addressing security and device management for IoT and Edge devices. FoundriesFactory is a self-service cloud solution that provides 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.
Slough | Tech For Good | @IMGeospatial
IMGeospatial changes the way you see the world, by changing the way the world uses data. It deploys artificial intelligence in unconventional ways to digest, distill, and disseminate data efficiently, regardless of how imperfect or vast that universe of data becomes.
- Marketing Engine
Newcastle | SaaS | @MEngineTweets
Marketing Engine is for every marketer who wants to plan, share and report on a platform like no other. By recording all your marketing activity in one place, and reporting on this activity in real-time, Marketing Engine lets you access everything in a visual and easy-to-analyse canvas.
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.
Belfast | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @PitchBooking
Simplifying the bookings process for sports facilities to help make sport accessible to everybody, Pitchbooking's platform delivers the best way to find, book, and manage sports facilities. It eliminates the administration of managing facilities, increases bookings for facilities, and helps get local populations more active.
Cardiff | Ecommerce & Marketplace | @resoomahq
Resooma is the first subscription-based, end-to-end rental platform designed around the needs of the tenant. The platform uses technology which enables tenants to search, view, secure and manage their home, taking the stress out of renting.
Slough | Tech For Good | @seakrcarer
Seakr Carer gives home carers the power to choose their hours, clients and income, so that they receive recognition and reward for delivering important societal good. The company vet, train and support the most trusted of carers and match them with elderly and vulnerable clients.
Leeds | Healthtech & Biotech | @SeeAI_LTD
The shortage of radiologists in the UK is causing an increase in the number of misdiagnoses. SeeAI addresses this by using AI to reduce the number of images assigned to radiologists for reporting - only sending complex images to human specialists and automatically reporting the remaining images.
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
Leicester | SaaS | @staffcircle
An all-in-one culture and performance management platform, Staffcircle creates consistent connections and processes between management and workforce. It offers an integrated performance and communications experience for growing businesses, enabling the digitisation of comms, recognition, appraisals and check-ins across office and non-desk employees.
- 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.
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
Altrincham | Artificial Intelligence | @UrbanChain_
UrbanChain develops world-leading products and services by using blockchain and AI technologies to integrate services in utility sectors, such as energy, transportation and health. They aim to transform these markets, democratise their structure, and optimise and integrate processes to reduce the costs for end users.
- Value Xd
Exeter | Data Analytics & Cyber security | @ValueXd
Value Xd is a cloud-based analytics platform that reinvents the analytical value chain. Its platform provides a variety of tools through which businesses and investors can align their decisions with environmental responsibility and sustainable development goals, all while covering conventional analytical techniques.
- 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.
Rising Stars 2.0 is the UK’s only truly national startup competition, designed to showcase and raise the profile of the best early-stage tech companies from all areas of the country.
Entrants are supported throughout the application process, and given training and support at each stage of the competition to enable you to compete to your best ability.
The competition culminates in a Grand Final in London where the top 20 companies, as selected by our judging panel, will pitch to a high profile panel and audience to be named as one of our 10 Rising Stars.
We’ve spent time listening to feedback from the inaugural Rising Stars winners and curating a bespoke package of support to help take your business to the next level, including:
Facilitated introductions to investors and corporates
Business plan diagnostic, delivered by accounting and business advisory firm, BDO
Pitch training and coaching by Sunderland Software City
Opportunity to pitch your business in front of over 200 investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders
Tech Nation content campaigns and national press coverage
Induction into the Rising Stars alumni network
Speaking opportunities, thought leadership and press through the Tech Nation network
Who should apply >
We want to showcase the brightest and best that UK tech has to offer. Your business must meet a few simple criteria though, including:
- Seed to pre-Series A funding stage OR if revenue focused, generating annual revenues below £1.5m
- A digital tech business with a product or service to sell*
- At least one active client or pilot
- Able to demonstrate market traction
- HQ’d in UK
- Company incorporated between 1-3 years
* no agencies or consultancies, sorry.
Our expert judging panel deemed the following companies as the brightest prospects in the UK tech scene, and winners of Rising Stars 1.0:
- 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.
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.
“There were 3 reasons we entered Rising Stars – it raises your profile and spreads your name among other startups and investors, being involved with Tech Nation is a great stamp of approval and builds trust and recognition, and finally it’s a big morale booster for everyone involved in the business”Anthony Rose, Founder & CEO, SeedLegals
The judging panel
No one likes being judged, but in the case of a competition, it’s a necessary evil. That’s why we’ve pulled together an industry leading panel of judges to impartially judge entrants to this year’s competition.