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.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Future Fifty Programme Lead
Head of Products, Digital Skills
Upscale Programme Lead
Government Relations Lead
Events Lead (Maternity Leave)
Future Fifty Programme Manager
Events & Partnerships Manager
Digital Marketing Executive
Head of International Consulting
Operations & Portfolio Coordinator
Senior Talent Manager
Head of Content
Content & Social Media Manager
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.
Managing Partner, LocalGlobe & ex-venture Partners, Index Ventures
Partner, Passion Capital & Chair Tech City UK
Thinking Digital, Newcastle & Interim Head of Tech North
Vice Chairman, Tech Media Telecom Group, Barclays
Partner, BGF Ventures, 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
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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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.
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: 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: 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: 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?
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: 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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