Our mission is to help digital tech companies grow through a series of programmes, research and events aimed at building a pipeline of high-growth businesses, raising the profile of the sector, and providing a feedback loop from business to government to help shape policy. We also work to eliminate the issues that hold back startups such as skills and access to finance.

What we do:

  • Help companies grow and scale through business lifecycle programmes
  • Promote opportunities in the UK to talented tech workers and founders wherever they are
  • Equip individuals with the skills they need to work in digital or start a business
  • Share insightful data, knowledge, insight and stories on the sector
  • Connect founders, startups, corporates and others to build networks

Why we do it:

  • Grow the pipeline of digital tech businesses in the UK
  • Tackle sector issues that hinder the success of digital tech businesses
  • Sharing knowledge raises standards and inspires others
  • Raise the profile of the UK’s digital tech sector and the businesses within it
  • Inform government policy to help businesses grow

How we do it:

  • Programmes – aimed at specific business stages from aspiring and early to scaling
  • Research, data and insight
  • Editorial, campaigns, media
  • Events and community engagement

From 2010 to now…

Our story began in Shoreditch in 2010, launched by the then Prime Minister David Cameron, to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City or Silicon Roundabout. Since then we’ve been on a journey and have spread our activities to cover other parts of the UK including setting up Tech North to run programmes across the North of England.

To launch our Tech Nation 2017 report we toured of some of the UK’s leading city clusters to highlight how the digital tech sectors in those cities are growing. Ecosystems are developing right across the UK and some amazing companies and products are being developed as a result.

We’re here to accelerate this growth and connect these networks.


Our Team

Gerard Grech

Chief Executive Officer

MB Christie

Chief Operating Officer

Caroline Rae

Commercial Director

Parveen Dhanda

Future Fifty Programme Lead

Heika Fu

Head of Products, Digital Skills

Jos Smart

Upscale Programme Lead

Paul Abbott

Tech Lead

Maria Palmieri

Government Relations Lead

Davina Yanful

Events Lead

Reiz Evans

Senior Business Performance & Operations Manager

Francesca Cahill

Research Manager

Ben Cave

Learning Lead

Frances Hemingway

Financial Controller

Eloise Seriau

Future Fifty Programme Manager

Ugne Sapezinskaite

Events & Partnerships Manager

Ben Wackett

Marketing Executive

Stephan Kuester

Head of International Consulting

George Windsor

Senior Insights Manager

Carol Dametto

Operations & Portfolio Coordinator

April Williams

Talent Manager

Vicki Shiel

Head of Content

Laura Coffey

Head of Fintech

Gregoire Michel

Fintech Senior Programme Manager

Orla Browne

Marketing Manager

Jack Preece

Learning Creator

Nicola Clarke

Executive Assistant

Sinead Daly

Upscale Programme Manager


Tech City UK Board

Our board reflect the ethos of the organisation and the sector audience that it serves. Our board members include tech founders, investors and thought leaders in the digital, financial and creative fields. We are grateful that they work on a pro-bono arrangement, reflecting their strong belief in the organisation’s cause and overall mission.


Board Members

Robin Klein

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

Eileen Burbidge

Partner, Passion Capital & Chair Tech City UK

Herb Kim

Thinking Digital, Newcastle & Interim Head of Tech North

Tim Luke

Vice Chairman, Tech Media Telecom Group, Barclays

Wendy Tan-White

Partner, BGF Ventures, London

Gerard Grech

CEO and Board Member


Entrepreneur Advisory Panel

Alex Chesterman

CEO of Zoopla & Entrepreneur Advisor

David Buttress

CEO of Just-Eat & Entrepreneur Advisor

Lesley Eccles

Co-Founder of FanDuel & Entrepreneur Advisor

Demis Hassabis

Co-Founder of Deep Mind & Entrepreneur Advisor

Riccardo Zacconi

CEO of King.com & Entrepreneur Advisor

Sarah Wood

Co-CEO of Unruly Media & Entrepreneur Advisor

Taavet Hinrikus

CEO of Transferwise & Entrepreneur Advisor


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 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 registrations, number of course completions, number of rewards granted; while Future Fifty looks at the number of issues resolved via the concierge service and the 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 from government for 2016-17 is £2.1million. This represents roughly 80% of our funding. The rest is generated from sponsorship and paid-for educational programmes like Tech Immersion.

Tech City UK impact: October 2014 – onwards

January 2018: 37 of the UK’s fastest-growing mid-stage tech companies joined Upscale 2018.

January 2018: The Tech Nation survey was launched – We asked tech entrepreneurs across the country to have their say on the challenges and opportunities facing them and their businesses in their area, to inform the Tech Nation Report 2018.

December 2017: Fintech For All: Report – A review of the key findings from the applications to the Fintech For All competition.

December 2017: Tech Nation Talks: Failure – Fail fast, learn young? Tech Business Failure in the UK.

December 2017: Tech Nation Talent: Part 2 – Exploring Tech Skills in the UK.

November 2017: The Digital Business Academy has gone bitesized – We’ve relaunched our online learning platform in to 56 bitesized courses.

November 2017: Fintech For All final – Introducing the winners of our Fintech For All competition.

November 2017: Tech Nation Talks with Eric Ries

November 2017: Hello Tech Nation – The Prime Minister and Chancellor announce £21 million in funding to transform Tech City UK and Tech North in to Tech Nation.

November 2017: Future Fifty at Five – applications open to our late-stage growth programme.

October 2017: Tech City UK announces partnership with Founders Pledge, to help make philanthropists out of tech entrepreneurs.

October 2017: Tech Nation Talent report, part 1. The first of four, monthly reports on talent in the UK digital tech sector is published; part 1 focusses on the nationality of workers in UK tech.

October 2017: Fintech Delivery Panel vision. Guiding principles set out.

October 2017: Upscale 3.0, call for applications. Seeking the next 30 star UK scaleups for our established growth programme.

October 2017: Tech Nation Talks launched. A new talk series, focussed on key topics of importance to the tech industry, such as culture, failure and mental health.

September 2017: ‘Cross-channel cooperation’. We travelled to Paris with Upscale and Future Fifty alumni, and other UK founders and innovators to meet French counterparts.

September 2017: Fintech For All competition opens. Tech City UK launches a competition to find the best fintech companies helping to make financial services work for everyone.

August 2017: ‘Managing your own psychology is the number one challenge founders face’. We launched a knowledge-sharing series with Upscale alumni founders.

August 2017: Upscale cohort become Upscale alumni. After six months of growth workshops, 33 scaleups graduate the Series A growth programme.

July 2017: ‘Europe is raising its tech game. That’s great news for the UK.’ – Gerard Grech, on Europe scaling together.

July 2017: Tech Nation Visa Alumni Network launched, providing networking opportunities, support, and advice for its members.

June 2017: Tech City UK, founding member of Touchpaper. The not-for-profit Touchpaper project offers a free toolkit to help startups and corporates work together.

June 2017: ‘Tech Nation 2022 survey results’ – we asked the industry where they see the UK digital tech sector in 5 years time.

May 2017: ‘Surging tech is set to take on the world’ – Tech City UK CEO, Gerard Grech discusses the optimistic future for our digital economy.

May 2017: Applications quadruple for the Tech Nation Visa Scheme

April 2017: The Founder to Founder series from Tech City UK is released. A series of informal discussions on growing your business from 10 CEOs.

April 2017: High demand for visas as the Tech Nation Visa scheme enters it’s fourth year

April 2017: innogy Innovation Hub Report 2017 from Tech City UK, innogy and Seedcamp is released, revealing the startup’s investment Needs

March 2017: The Tech Nation report 2017 is released, as salaries surge across the UK for ‘twice as productive’ tech workers

February 2017: Announcing the 26 new companies joining the Future Fifty programme

February 2017: Tech City UK and partners Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announce ‘Expansion to the US’ series. Advice on how to take your business across the Atlantic

January 2017: Tech City UK partners with Innogy UK Innovation Hub and Seedcamp to understand startup investment needs

January 2017: 33 of the UK’s Most Promising Tech Companies Join Upscale 2017

January 2017: UK Tech sector reacts to the Prime Minister’s Modern Industrial Strategy

January 2017: Tech City UK FinTech delivery panel is finalised, including 24 industry experts.

December 2016: Tech Immersion from Tech City UK is announced. Providing corporates and SME employees with the opportunity to learn key knowledge about the digital tech sector

November 2016: Tech City UK & HM Treasury Announce FinTech Delivery Panel

November 2016: What does the Autumn statement mean for the UK tech sector?

November 2016: Tech City UK and Silicon Valley-headquartered Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announce a transatlantic partnership to help UK companies looking at US markets.

November 2016: Tech City UK release Tech Nation 2017 survey, giving those in the sector their say on the state of our digital economy

November 2016: ‘UK Tech Sector Ready for Post Brexit Challenge’ – Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech

November 2016: Applications open for Future Fifty and Upscale classes of 2017

October 2016: Tech City UK Partners With UKActive & AXA on ActiveLab Accelerator

October 2016: Future Fifty Founders urge UK Government to consider access to tech talent in the wake of Brexit

October 2016: The Tech Nation Visa Scheme in numbers

September 2016: The #StartupStack from Tech City UK and Stripe is here

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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