Tech Nation reveals '30 tech start-ups to watch'
UK tech network Tech Nation has revealed the 30 fast-growing tech startups selected for its Upscale programme.
Now in its fourth year, the programme has selected the young companies from over 100 applications who will be coached over the next six months by some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and leading start-up founders.
The six-month programme is designed to help fast-growth tech companies to successfully navigate the challenges of growing to the next stage. During the launch, companies heard from Aneesh Varma, Founder & CEO of Aire, Angie Ma, Co-founder & COO of ASI Data Science and Cherry Freeman, Founder of LoveCrafts, on the challenges of scaling and leadership.
The Upscale companies are drawn from all tech sub-sectors, with a fifth of companies in the fintech sector and another fifth that are e-commerce and marketplace startups.
The 2019 cohort includes London-based start-ups Airsorted, Automata, Cleo AI, Doctify, Fluidly, Hubble, OLIO Exchange Limited, OpenRent, and Patch Gardens Ltd.
It also includes Bristol-based BookingLive Software Ltd, Coventry-based Fertility Focus, Brighton & Hove-based FUTRLI, and Oxford-based start-ups Open Cosmos and Oxehealth.
“The UK is Europe's undisputed tech hub and much of our success is down to the ambition of fast-growth companies like these,” said Margot James, Minister for Creative and Digital industries.
“We are determined to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business, and through our Digital and Industrial Strategies we want to see the power of technology change people’s lives for the better.”
The programmes past coaches have included Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com, successful investor and Lovefilm founder Saul Klein, One Fine Stay co-founder Greg Marsh and Lesley Eccles, founder of FanDuel.com.
“As OLIO transitions from closing our Series A to being Series B-ready, we’ll need to take our performance to a new level – we can’t wait to benefit from being part of Upscale 4.0,” added Tessa Clarke, Co-Founder & CEO of OLIO, a food-sharing start-up.