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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.
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.