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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.

 

Are you a digital business, an entrepreneur, an investor or a corporate?

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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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Our Team

Gerard Grech

Gerard Grech

Chief Executive Officer

MB Christie

MB Christie

Chief Operating Officer

Parveen Dhanda

Parveen Dhanda

Future Fifty Programme Lead

Heika Fu

Heika Fu

Digital Skills Lead

Cathy White

Cathy White

Head of Communications

Jos Smart

Jos Smart

Upscale Programme Lead

Paul Abbot

Paul Abbot

Tech Lead

Jenny Hunt

Jenny Hunt

Design Lead

Maria Palmieri

Maria Palmieri

Senior Policy Manager

Ryan Procter

Ryan Procter

Senior Marketing Manager

Davina Yanful

Davina Yanful

Senior Events Manager

Lindy Pyrah

Lindy Pyrah

Senior Operations Manager

Reiz Evans

Reiz Evans

Senior Business Performance & Operations Manager

Lyndsay Baker

Lyndsay Baker

Tech Immersion Programme Manager

Barbara Peric

Barbara Peric

Upscale Programme Manager

Francesca Cahill

Francesca Cahill

Research Manager

Kristina Tauchmannova

Kristina Tauchmannova

Partnerships Manager

Ugne Sapezinskaite

Ugne Sapezinskaite

Events & Partnerships Associate

Thomas Warhurst

Thomas Warhurst

Digital Skills Intern

Board Members

Robin Klein

Robin Klein

Managing Partner, LocalGlobe & ex-venture Partners, Index Ventures

Yonca Brunini

Yonca Brunini

Vice President, EMEA Marketing, Google

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge

Partner, Passion Capital & Chair Tech City UK

Herb Kim

Herb Kim

Thinking Digital, Newcastle & Interim Head of Tech North

Tim Luke

Tim Luke

Vice President, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Barclays, New York

Wendy Tan-White

Wendy Tan-White

Venture Partner, Entrepreneur First, London

Gerard Grech

Gerard Grech

CEO and Board Member

Entrepreneur Advisory Panel

Alex Chesterman

Alex Chesterman

CEO of Zoopla & Entrepreneur Advisor

David Buttress

David Buttress

CEO of Just-Eat & Entrepreneur Advisor

Lesley Eccles

Lesley Eccles

Co-Founder of FanDuel & Entrepreneur Advisor

Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis

Co-Founder of Deep Mind & Entrepreneur Advisor

Riccardo Zacconi

Riccardo Zacconi

CEO of King.com & Entrepreneur Advisor

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Co-CEO of Unruly Media & Entrepreneur Advisor

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus

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

1. Programmes

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.

Our Impact

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 receive public funding from the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which covers our programmes, policy informing and championing work. Our finding for 2016-17 is £2.1million, and we compliment a small percentage of our funding through sponsorship.


Tech City UK impact: October 2014 – onwards

July 2016: Northern Stars 2016 opens for applications

July 2016: The first 30 companies graduate from Tech City UK’s pilot Upscale programme

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.

February 2016: Launch of Tech Nation 2016 the second edition of the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital industries.

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: The UK’s diverse tech ecosystem is boosted by 15 new Future Fifty companies who join the existing cohort.

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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