Rising Stars 4.0 is the UK’s most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies. Designed to showcase the best the country has to offer, we provide the platform for businesses from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to shine bright.
You’ll benefit from significant profile raising on both a national and international level, as well as the opportunity to put your business in front of leading investors, influencers and corporates. We’ll even work with you to ensure your business is investor ready.
Rising Stars 4.0 is the UK’s only truly national scaleup competition, designed to be accessible to 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 and deliver the perfect pitch.
The competition culminates in the top 20 companies being showcased and promoted to a highly curated audience of investors, corporates, influencers and the wider tech ecosystem. The judging panel will then deliberate over the final 20, selecting 10 companies to be named as this year’s Rising Stars, who will feature in a high-profile celebration event on 24 March 2022.
Who Rising Stars is for?
We want to showcase the brightest and best that UK tech has to offer. Businesses 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
Able to commit to key dates in the Rising Stars calendar
All 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.
CGHero is a collaborative marketplace for 3D & CGI content creation, bringing together the world's top talent to work on feature productions across gaming, architecture, TV & film, automotive and retail. The platform has been used by the likes of Valvoline, Sega, B&Q, Unilever, and NHS.
ClearGlass is a digital intermediary between asset managers and pension funds. It collects underlying costs and performance data from asset managers and helps pension funds decide which is the best fund to invest in for their members.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
“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
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.
Group Managing Director, 4 Earth Intelligence
Investor, The Angel Co-Fund
Enterprise and Innovation Programme Lead
Founder of FinTech Wales, Awards121 Recruitment / FinTech Wales Awards
MD, GB Recruitment
CEO, Birmingham Enterprise Community
Innovation Manager, Future Space
Head of Business, Glasgow City Innovation District
Co-Founder, Silicon Canal
Investment Manager, Clarendon Fund Management
Digital Investment Manager, North Edge/MSIF
Head of Innovation, Bruntwood Sci
Director, Founder Institute – Birmingham
Deal Sourcer, Cambridge Angels
Principal, BOOST & CO
Ecosystem Development Manager, University of Strathclyde
CEO & Founder, Beta Den
Head of Durham Venture School, Durham Uni
Co-Founder, Signal AI
Manager, Barclays Eagle Labs
Investor, MMC Ventures
Shachar Radin Shomrat
CEO, Digital DNA
Director, Enterprising Barnsley
Co-Founder, Ormeau Baths / Central Working
Founder Aquisition, Founders Factory
Investment Analyst, Open Ocean VC
VC Investor, Playfair Capital
Investment Director, Praetura
Programme Director, Areospace Cornwall
Founder & CEO, Kairos
Managing Director/Founder, Gallium Ventures
COO, Scaleup Group
Principal, Sure Valley
Investor, SFC Capital
Founder & CEO, Wazuko
CEO, FinTech Wales
Prof Dylan Jones-Evans, OBE
Assistant Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Uni of South Wales
NI Manager, Innovate UK
Gareth I. Jones
Founder, Town Square Spaces
Startacus Co-Founder, Startacus / Digital DNA
Founder & CEO, SeedLegals
Founder, Cyber Wales
Leadership Coach, Spencer Stuart
Ammar Mirza, CBE
Chairman & Founder, Asian Business Connexions
Partner, Sapphire & Steel
Partner, Sapphire & Steel
Business Development Director, University of Southampton Science Park
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, X8IQ
VC, Evolution Equity Partners
Founder, Forme Partners
Partner, Commercial Team and Head of Technology Sector, Harrison Clark Rickerby’s Solicitors
Have a burning question?
We’re hosting two live Q&A sessions with Rising Stars lead, Esme Caulfield. You’ll have opportunity to learn more about the programme, whether you qualify and what to expect if you’re a winner. We’ll then give you opportunity to ask any specific questions that you may have.
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