Find Out About Us – Tech City UK
Why do we do what we do? We believe the UK is the best place to start and/or grow a digital business.
Our mission is to accelerate the growth of London and the UK’s digital economy. We focus on areas like digital skills, smart capital investment, infrastructure, international development and leadership.
We started life in Shoreditch in 2010, launched by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City or Silicon Roundabout. We have since grown our support to Greater London, Manchester and other major cities around the UK.
We do this in three ways:
Targeted programmes: that fill market gaps across the whole lifecycle of digital businesses from our Digital Business Academy to Future Fifty
Engaging policing convening: providing an agile and responsive feedback loop to government to help shape the right policies via roundtables, surveys, white papers and reports such as Tech Nation
Effective Promotion & Thought Leadership: championing and connecting the digital sector in London, the UK, and internationally via international trade missions, media engagement and events.
Our Vision and Culture
We are a small, high performance team with high standards and big ambitions.
We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our aim is to be transformative and collaborative in our work. We focus on speed, scale, smart resourcefulness and unbounded optimism. We never ship junk and never start with ‘no’. We’re solution oriented and always focus on the outcome and the impact of any project or priority.
We’re a curious bunch, creative and a little quirky. We debate things passionately in team meetings and stand-ups. We agree and disagree on how the world should work, but we all agree on making a big difference through our work at Tech City UK. Which is why we love it here and never take it for granted.
If you’re interested in working here, drop us a line. Come with ideas, imagination, a strong work ethic and commitment to make a difference.
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Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Future Fifty Programme Lead
Head of Products, Digital Skills
Upscale Programme Lead
Government Relations Lead
Senior Business Performance & Operations Manager
Upscale Programme Manager
Future Fifty Programme Manager
Events & Partnerships Associate
Managing Partner, LocalGlobe & ex-venture Partners, Index Ventures
Partner, Passion Capital & Chair Tech City UK
Thinking Digital, Newcastle & Interim Head of Tech North
Vice President, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Barclays, New York
Venture Partner, Entrepreneur First, London
CEO and Board Member
Entrepreneur Advisory Panel
CEO of Zoopla & Entrepreneur Advisor
CEO of Just-Eat & Entrepreneur Advisor
Co-Founder of FanDuel & Entrepreneur Advisor
Co-Founder of Deep Mind & Entrepreneur Advisor
CEO of King.com & Entrepreneur Advisor
Co-CEO of Unruly Media & Entrepreneur Advisor
CEO of Transferwise & Entrepreneur Advisor
Tech City UK and Tech North teams (Tech North is one of our key initiatives)
What do we do
and how could we help you?
We do three things: Programmes, Policy Convening and Promotion
We run a range of programmes across the lifecycle of a digital business, to fill gaps that are not being served by the wider ecosystem. These are the lifecycle phases we currently focus on:
Are you thinking about starting or joining a digital business? Sign up to our Digital Business Academy. In partnership with Cambridge University Judge Business School, University College London and digital skills experts, Founder Centric, the Academy provides two things: a) access to the latest skills and commercial know-how and b) access to rewards which either help you start, grow or join a digital business. Sign up here.
Are you a later, growth stage business? Future Fifty, our concierge support programme for growth stage companies is via application. The programme provides support to 50 UK-based companies to connect them to capital markets expertise, government and opportunities from growth. Get more information here.
Are you an international business? HQ-UK is a programme operated with UKTI to showcase why international digital companies should set up their international HQ in the UK. If you are an international business looking for help to relocate to the UK, please contact UKTI via the HQ-UK programme, and London & Partners if you are investigating London as a location
Are you a business that wants to know more about the London and UK’s ecosystem? Tech Nation is the first ever analysis of the capabilities powering the UK digital economy. It’s more than just a report; it’s an interactive big data research project including an online interactive guide. Learn more about the clusters and companies powering the UK’s digital economy here.
Due to the large number of accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces, we do not run any programmes for digital companies at the seed/early stage. If you want to get help and support on this part of your journey, have a look at our site for useful links and resources.
2. An agile feedback loop to Government: policy informing
At the heart of the UK’s digital ecosystem, we convene and bring together people from across the tech scene, including entrepreneurs and government. We canvass feedback and opinions from the UK’s tech clusters and entrepreneurs to help in driving a dialogue between local and national government. Our aim is to provide an agile feedback loop to policymakers to help inform them about the needs of the digital business community, especially in the area of skills, infrastructure and investment.
The impact of this community feedback has resulted in changes such the introduction of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, EIS and SEIS, the introduction of changes to bad debt relief for peer to peer lending businesses, and the introduction of Tech North, to provide support and focus to clusters in the North of the UK.
3. Promotion and Thought Leadership
We promote and advocate for the importance of the digital economy in the UK. We provide digital entrepreneurs with a local and national voice through bringing discussions on entrepreneurship to a mainstream audience and via our communication channels. We also build partnerships with a large range of ecosystem players to ensure they provide extended community reach.
We use a variety of indicators to measure our activities and impact. Each programme such as Digital Business Academy, Future Fifty, or Tech Nation has a set of activity KPIs associated with it (for example Digital Business Academy KPIs include number of course registration, number of course completions, number of rewards granted; whilst Future Fifty looks at number of issues resolved via the concierge service, number of introductions made).
We are both publicly and privately funded. We receive public funding from the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Our funding for 2016-17 is £2.1million, and we compliment this with an increasing percentage of private funding through sponsorship.
Tech City UK impact: October 2014 – onwards
July 2016: Northern Stars 2016 opens for applications
July 2016: Tech City UK surveys over 1,200 members of the digital business community in first reaction to the Brexit result
June 2016: Tech City UK turns five years old and holds a large community gathering in the centre of London
June 2016: The first Tech Nation: Best Practice report is launched in partnership with Hackney Council
June 2016: Tech City UK partners with Stripe to uncover the ‘Startup Stack’ – tools most commonly used by growing UK startups
June 2016: London Technology Week in partnership with London & Partners takes place across the capital
May 2016: Digital Powerhouse report launched by Tech North to showcase the power of the digital economy in the North of England
May 2016: Tech Nation Visa event held at the Digital Catapult to help potential applicants with any queries they may have
April 2016: Survey of the UK’s digital business community from Tech City UK reveals majority want to remain in the EU.
March 2016: Trade mission to SxSW with 20 UK-based companies and entrepreneurs who were winners of the Northern Stars programme as well as Tech Nation contributors
March 2016: 3 policy roundtables with companies from Upscale and Future Fifty and the insurance community regarding the growth of the digital economy via topics like talent, investment, infrastructure and regulation.
March 2016: Inaugural dinner for new Future Fifty companies at the National Gallery with speakers; the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey, and Andy Bound.
Jan 2016: Launch of world class leadership mentorship programme Upscale with football legend Rio Ferdinand (ex England and Manchester United football captain) and youngest Arctic solo explorer Ben Saunders.
December 2015: Tech City UK roundtables – Tech City UK convenes digital business community for series of roundtables on a wide range of issues
November 2015: CHOGM 2015 – Leading UK Tech Companies Inspire Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta
November 2015: HardTalk from Tech City UK & Hardware Club – Tech City UK & Hardware Club bring together some of the finest hardware & IoT companies in Europe
November 2015: Launch of TechLink – TechLink partnership announced between Estonia and the UK as part of D5
November 2015: 20,000 Digital Business Academy users – 20,000 UK sign-ups to use free DBA courses online
November 2015: Tech Nation Visa Scheme goes live – the Tech Nation Visa process goes live to improve hiring routes for UK digital businesses
November 2015: Launch of Upscale – a 6 month pilot programme for Series A digital businesses in the UK
November 2015: Northern Stars winners announced – 10 winners of the first Northern Stars competition crowned
October 2015: Tech City UK & Silicon Drinkabout – community get together at the launch of Bounce Ping Pong
October 2015: Tech City UK unveils Tech Nation Visa Scheme – an evolution of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent scheme to help attract top tech talent from outside the EU
October 2015: Tech North Advisory Board – announcement of Tech North Advisory Board
September 2015: Launch of Tech North and Northern Stars – Tech North announce the first Northern Stars competition to highlight growing tech businesses across seven Northern cities – Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Newcastle and Sunderland
September 2015: Eileen Burbidge announced as Tech City UK Chair, alongside brand new Entrepreneur Advisory Panel.
July 2015: Downing Street Breakfast – Tech City UK convenes breakfast debate at Number 10 Downing Street between digital businesses and policy makers
July 2015: Future Fifty Holacracy Dinner – Future Fifty companies contemplate the Holacracy management method with the founder
June 2015: Tech City UK convenes Digital Single Market discussion between businesses and policy makers
May 2015: Baroness Joanna Shields steps down to take on new role as Secretary of State for internet security and safety
May 2015: Itay Talgam Future Fifty Dinner – Future Fifty companies gain leadership mentoring from Itay Talgam
April 2015: 12,000 Digital Business Academy users – 12,000 UK sign-ups to use free DBA courses online
March 2015: Tech North leaders announced – Tech City UK announces Head and Chair of Tech North
February 2015: Winners of IoT Launchpad unveiled – Tech City UK unveils the seven winners of the IoT Launchpad competition
February 2015: Launch of Tech Nation – the first comprehensive analysis of the clusters powering the UK’s digital economy
February 2015: Launch of HQ-UK in New York – Joanna Shields and Boris Johnson announce HQ-UK initiative to demonstrate the benefits of having a UK HQ for digital businesses
December 2014: New Future Fifty companies – 12 new companies are welcomed onto the Future Fifty programme, as 12 graduate
November 2014: Future Fifty report: companies generate £2.1bn revenue and 15,000 jobs for digital sector
November 2014: Launch of Digital Business Academy – a free online set of courses to teach you how to start, run or join a digital business
September 2014: Future Fifty callout – launch of callout for new companies to join the Future Fifty programme
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