Introducing the 10 Rising Stars of UK tech.

Introducing the 10 Rising Stars of UK tech.

Introducing the 10 Rising Stars of UK tech.

After hundreds of applications, 33 semi-finalists, and 20 brilliant final pitches, we are delighted to announce the 10 early-stage tech startups named this year’s Tech Nation Rising Stars.

Out of the 220,000 existing tech companies in the UK today, 10,764 are early-stage tech startups and eligible for the Rising Stars programme.

The competition final represented the culmination of a nationwide search to find up-and-coming tech startups with the potential to scale their businesses and ultimately become the market leaders of tomorrow. The London Grand Final saw the twenty finalists pitching their businesses to a panel of expert judges. Companies taking part in the competition have annual revenues up to £1.5m and have at least one active client or pilot.

A lot at stake

Each of the 10 chosen winners will receive a package of support worth over £4,000 that includes: one-to-one mentoring; introductions to potential partners and investors; a tailored public relations campaign; and tailored support from the programme sponsors which includes participation in an accelerator session created by accountancy firm BDODrive, £500 coupon for Microsoft Search Advertising and a 1:1 mentoring session with a member of the Bing team to boost their presence on the platform, as well as, 1:1 legal support from TLT LLP’s fast growth team. In addition, the winners will benefit from further pitch training, coaching and a host of networking opportunities.

Pitch perfect

Around 150 tech industry leaders attended  the event at the Rich Mix arts centre auditorium in Shoreditch, giving all the finalists an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their products, services and business plans, not just to the judges, but to a wider audience. Each startup had just three minutes in which to deliver a compelling pitch.

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