Starting and growing a tech business is a hard job, but one that many entrepreneurs keenly attempt every year. To help businesses at every stage, Tech Nation has announced the callouts for three of its most successful programmes – Rising Stars, Upscale, and Future Fifty.
If your business has just raised seed funding through to Series B, there’s a programme for you.
The first programme is Rising Stars. This is a pitch competition created for early-stage companies to raise the profile of their innovative products and services. Each region of the UK has three semi finalists who are invited to Manchester to pitch to a high profile panel of judges, and the final in London gives the companies a chance to do a final pitch in front of an audience of industry peers, investors and press.
Previous winners from Leeds include Vet-AI Leeds, the vet tech startup based at Nexus, who recently launched their Joii app. Applications close on 3 November.
Another Leeds based semi-finalist is Carbon Performance. Revannth N Murugesan, CEO, said: “Tech Nation has been nothing short of a blessing, especially at a time when Carbon Performance was looking to expand its footprint, acquire strategic network and raise investments. We are very fortunate to have been on Tech Nation Rising Stars programme alongside some of the most disruptive start-ups in the UK and are proud to be one of the finalists as well.”
Now entering its 5th year, the programme for scaling tech companies is Upscale. This is for businesses at the point of inflection – those about to really take their company to the next level. The aim is to help the UK’s most promising tech companies to accelerate their growth and unlock some of the key scaling challenges, including culture and employing the right team.
One of the key elements of Upscale is the peer-to-peer element. You’ll be working with scale coaches who have been through it all, as well as alongside businesses who are facing the same challenges as you. Previous Upscale cohorts have included Monzo and Bloom & Wild. Applications close on 24 October.
Programme partners for Upscale include CBRE, Cooley, RSM, Silicon Valley Bank and Talent Works International. Their expertise and access to their networks are an added benefit to be gained from the programme.
Last but certainly not least is the late-stage programme, Future Fifty. Here you have the same peer-to-peer element which works so well across our suite of programmes. Tech Nation brings together the country’s most successful tech companies, building a network which offers advice and support for the businesses at the top of their games.
The Future Fifty alumni includes some of the most recognised tech companies, like Skyscanner and Deliveroo. Sheffield’s The Floow is also a Future Fifty Alumni.
Applications close on 5 November.
If you’d like to apply for any of our programmes, or if you’d like more information, I am happy to sit down and go through the whys and wherefores with you. You can get in touch via the technation.io/yorkshire page on the Tech Nation website.