Tech Nation, the UK’s leading network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs, has today revealed the 33 regional winners of its nationwide competition. Rising Stars represents and recognises the UK’s most exciting and innovative early-stage scaling tech companies.
The UK is already a world-leader in producing successful tech companies, creating more $1bn tech companies than any other European country and Israel. While London is undoubtedly at the forefront of global tech, the rest of the UK is also home to thriving clusters of tech innovation. The UK has six cities that are home to at least two unicorn companies – Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh.
Rising Stars, the UK’s only national early-stage tech scaleup competition, is designed to help the most exciting early-stage scaling tech companies take their business to the next level and become the world-leading tech companies of the future.
Two Slough-based companies makes up the three South East Region winners:
IMGeospatial (Slough, Tech for Good) @IMGeospatial
Founders: Alexis Hannah Smith, David Charles
IMGeospatial changes the way you see the world, by changing the way the world uses data. It deploys artificial intelligence in unconventional ways to digest, distill, and disseminate data efficiently, regardless of how imperfect or vast that universe of data becomes.
Seakr (Slough, Tech for Good) @seakrcarer
Founder: Ian Rajan
Seakr Carer gives home carers the power to choose their hours, clients and income, so that they receive recognition and reward for delivering important societal good. The company vet, train and support the most trusted of carers and match them with elderly and vulnerable clients.
The 33 regional winners revealed were required to be at Seed to pre-Series A funding or generating annual revenues up to £1.5m. Selected by a panel of industry experts, the companies have been regarded as tech leaders within their respective regions. Following the semi-final in January, the competition will culminate in a grand final in February 2020, where the top 20 companies will pitch to a high-profile panel to become one of Tech Nation’s 10 Rising Stars.
The competition’s prize package has been built to significantly raise the profile of the winning companies on both a national and international level. Companies will have their profile raised throughout the competition and have access to pitch coaching to enable them to compete to the best of their ability. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to pitch to over 200 high profile investors and corporate leaders.
Now in its second year, demand for the competition from early-stage founders has seen a 39% rise in applications compared to 2018, demonstrating the value the Rising Stars competition holds for founders at this critical stage of growth.
The judging panel of industry experts included Louize Clark, Director ConnectTVT, Mark Lyons, Investment Director, Praetura, Simon Bailie, CEO, Digital DNA and Pam Sheemar, Entrepreneur Development Manager, Natwest.