Tailored programmes for startups at different stages of growth

At Tech City UK we have programmes to cater for entrepreneurs, startups and scaleups at all stages of growth. Tech sector jargon can be a little confusing though, so here’s what we mean by different sized startups.

Early-stage – A company with a live product in the market, with some customer traction. Raised less than $2m of investment

Mid-stage, scaling (scaleups) – Series A and/or $1m revenue per year. Growing 30% month-on-month

Late-stage, scaling – Series B+ and/or $5m revenue per year. Growing 30% year-on-year

Our programmes, Founders’ Network, Northern Stars, Fintech, Upscale and Future Fifty, are tightly designed to support existing businesses as they scale and grow. For those with the ambition and ideas to become an entrepreneur, who are yet to start a business, the Digital Business Academy provides bitesize tutorials on the skills you’ll need to become a founder.


Entrepreneurs and digital businesses require different types of help at different stages of their growth. We offer programmes aimed at driving growth across the lifecycle of a digital business.

Future Fifty powers 50 of the UK’s fastest growing and most disruptive digital technology companies through a curated set of private partners, networking opportunities and direct links to the UK government.

Upscale is a network of Series A UK digital technology companies scaling together with mentoring and support from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world – our Scale Coaches.

Fintech is a leading tech sector in the UK. Tech City UK’s three-pronged focus to ensure that the UK remains the leading global Fintech nation, includes the Fintech Delivery Panel, a Fintech growth programme, and our Fintech For All competition, supporting digital innovation from fintechs that help improve financial inclusion.

Northern Stars is a pitch competition that seeks to find the 10 most promising tech startups in the North of England.

Founders’ Network is a growing network for founders of early-stage tech businesses in the North of England featuring a series of masterclasses, meetups and webinars

Digital Business Academy is a set of 56 free expert courses designed to teach you everything you need to know to start, grow or join a digital business. Course content is created by UCL, Cambridge University JBS, Founder Centric and Valuable Content.

Tech Immersion is a programme that takes you through the world of startups and the UK digital economy. It’s designed for those with little knowledge of the startup world, whether they be corporates, public and private organisations.