The programme, now entering its sixth year, accelerates the growth of successful scaleups, and has amassed an incredible network of 160 alumni, including the likes of Monzo, Just Eat, and Bulb. Upscale 6.0 coaches the cohort over six months, providing them with access to experts and entrepreneurs, while offering their scaleup more exposure and networking opportunities.
A number of other scaleups from across the region have also been accepted onto the program, including Oxford-based Vitaccess, a platform which quantifies patients’ experiences of treatments and illness; Reading-based Exonar (Data Analytics & Business Intelligence) and two from Bristol: Rovco, which is combining innovative robotic platforms and technology to support energy transitions and edtech Virti
which uses XR, artificial intelligence and gamification to help employees learn faster and remember training for longer.
Navenio, which recently received Series A funding, along with notable investment from Future Planet Capital and multiple grants from Innovate UK, was one of six health-related scaleups chosen for this prestigious programme. Navenio is a spin-out of Oxford University, provides infrastructure-free indoor location solutions, the equivalent of GPS for use indoors, to power a range of apps and platforms in sectors including healthcare.
Tim Weil, CEO at Navenio said: “Myself and Niki Trigoni, Navenio’s CTO and co-founder, and the entire team are delighted to join Tech Nation’s Upscale programme this year. The past year has seen immense pressure applied to the NHS, hospitals, and our healthcare teams. Our sole focus has been to deliver technology that helps professionals battle the pandemic. To be included in this accelerator programme will of course help us develop our technology even further, providing support to those that need it most.”
Liam Ward, Upscale’s Programme lead, added: “Navenio’s inclusion in this year’s cohort is very exciting, and we look forward to being a part of their growth over the next 6 months. They along with the other 32 scaleups will enjoy support, practical advice, exposure opportunities, and healthy network, that will hopefully continue to help them revolutionise their sectors. We look forward to working with the Navenio team to support their exciting scaling journey.”
Tim added: “We are delighted to be recognise for the impact that Navenio is having on the healthcare sector. The 6-month programme will allow the team explore challenges at a leadership level, gain exposure, and increase our network with seasoned entrepreneurs and experts. It will provide us with support as we, and the rest of the country, continue to fight the pandemic which ha overwhelmed many of the UK’s healthcare resources.”