Rising Stars Winners Showcase Event Highlights

Our event experience

This year, we celebrated the future of UK tech by bringing together our finalists and an audience of tech scaleup founders and their teams, investors, corporates and tech community leaders from all across the UK to celebrate the incredible winners. On the day, our panel of speakers included founders of each of the winning companies talking about their business and key insights from the Rising Stars judges and pitch coaches.

Relive the excitement

Check out our exciting recap of the event, including the highlights, interviews, and a look at our 10 Rising Stars 4.0 winners.

Hear from the experts

“It was a pleasure to serve as a Judge in this year’s Rising Stars competition; it’s so important that we, as a startup community, continue to invest time, energy, and funds into fueling entrepreneurship across the UK. I’ve been inspired by the level of engagement from founders, operators, advisors, and investors alike across the programme, and I’m so enthusiastic about how we’re continuing to evolve as a collaborative tech ecosystem. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants, as well as the winners, and thanks to Tech Nation.”

Nahu Ghebremichael, Partner at Singular and Rising Stars 4.0 Judge

“With the tech talent shortlisted, this was a tough competition to judge! It’s amazing to see the results reflect a truly enterprising nation with founders from across the UK and a high number of firms started by women. Winning this accolade is sure to set them up for the next stage of growth and at a time when the economy needs the innovation and driving force of entrepreneurs, I salute all the founders who took part and made it to the finals and the winners’ list.” 

Emma Jones CBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation and Rising Stars 4.0 Judge

“I loved being part of the Rising Stars 4.0 judging panel. The winning 10 companies all demonstrated passion, innovation and huge potential. I hope that winning gives them a huge lift and carries them forward to achieving great things.” 

Richard Potter, Founder and CEO of Peak and Rising Stars 4.0 Judge

Meet our Rising Stars 4.0 Winners

  • HR DataHub

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    HR Data Hub's intelligence platform helps organisations make data-led people decisions by giving them insights from the outside world.


  • Kuberno

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    Kuberno provides company secretaries and other governance professionals with the tools and techniques to deliver truly future fit governance for their organisations.


  • Kythera AI

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    Kythera AI is on an ambitious mission to bring intelligent life to virtual worlds in games and beyond, through their leading AI middleware.



    MYNDUP logo


    MYNDUP stops the “one size fits all approach” to mental health by offering live 1-1 video sessions across the mental health spectrum.


  • RDvault

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    RDvault has developed the world’s first fully automated R&D Tax Credits platform that empowers SMEs to swiftly and easily claim R&D tax incentives from HMRC.


  • Renude

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    Renude is an online skincare recommendation service, powered by licensed experts and artificial intelligence.


  • Settld

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    Settld is a SaaS product that simplifies end-of-life admin for bereaved individuals and professionals.


  • xigxag

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    xigxag is leading the biggest-ever innovation in digital reading and shaping the future of books.


  • Zoa Rental

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    Zoa is the UK’s first rental-as-a-service platform which removes barriers to adopting a truly circular model.


Sector Award winners

The Rising Stars Sector Awards are aligned with Tech Nation’s sector programmes in Fintech, Net Zero and Applied AI.  The Awards recognise the most exciting company in each sector and offer them a place in the next programme’s cohort.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Rising Stars Diversity & Inclusion Award recognises innovative D&I initiatives in early-stage scaleups. Embedding diversity and inclusion in company culture and business operations at an early stage supports the growth of strong and innovative companies.  This award shows leadership in this area.

D&I Award Runner-ups

First Runner-up

Second Runner-up

Highly commended

Rising Stars 4.0 in numbers

380Rising Stars 4.0 applicants

39%Female founded companies

93%Companies looking to raise in the next year
55%Serial entrepreneurs

42%Companies which have have received angel funding
44%First time founders

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