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I’m looking forward to reading Anne Boden’s (of Starling Bank) remarkable #fintech story this bank holiday weekend.

In addition to founding the fast-growing digital bank, Anne sat on Tech Nation’s first FinTech Delivery Panel ( when it was formed in 2017.

The book has a great blurb!

“There were those who felt they had an obligation to set me straight and explain point by point just what a ludicrous undertaking this was, particularly for somebody who was not a city grandee.

“Who the hell did I think I was, imagining I could make my mark on the sector?

“Where were all my high-profile backers?

“What chance did someone like me think I stood?”

#starlingbank #technation #wearetechnation #uktechnology…

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UK tech is on the front page of the Financial Times this morning.

“Tech valuations soar as investors pump a record $8bn into UK startups this year.”

Tech Nation Report 2021, our seventh annual report on the state of UK tech, is now available to read.

It presents interesting reading on sector trends in the past year – including a few surprises (such as investment into #Edtech).

It’s all contextualised by interesting case studies conducted with startups and scaling tech companies based across the UK.

Download the report here:

If you’re interested in hearing more about its findings, sign up to our live virtual event taking place at 2pm on Hopin.

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Having recently written about what it takes to scale deeptech, I’m excited to discover what % investment in UK deeptech rose by in 2020.

The stat will be one of many to be revealed at tomorrow’s Tech Nation Report 2021 launch event, which you can sign up to below.

We will be looking at the year in retrospect, also looking to the future and where we can expect UK tech to lead us in the coming years.

You will also be able to find out the rate at which tech’s GVA contribution to the UK ecnomy has grown.

We have some superb speakers tomorrow, including:

  • Louise O’Shea from
  • Anne Boden from Starling Bank
  • Johnny Boufarhat from Hopin
  • Jo Halliday from Talking Medicines

It has been a tough, but exciting year.

In total, 19,465 new businesses were registered in the Information and Communication sector in 2020.

That’s according to data analysed by Tech Nation for DCMS based on figures from the ONS and companies house.

That is the equivalent of a new business launching every 30 minutes in 2020.

🚀 The Future UK tech built 🚀
🗓 Tuesday 16th March, 2021
⏰ 2pm and 3.30pm

Sign up to Tech Nation Report 2021 launch:

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Attention digital tech founders: my colleague Gary Davidson is providing free investment advice as part of his new role as Tech Nation‘s Investment Lead for Entrepreneur Engagement. Find out more about the support Gary can provide, in addition to his new role as ambassador for Landscape VC, here.

#investment #startups #digital #startup #innovation #startupstrategies #venturecapital #vc #engagement #entrepreneur

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Five years ago I sat in the audience to watch the first Northern Stars pitch comp, then ran by Tech North. It is incredible to see first-hand how it has evolved over the years into its successor in #RisingStars, which is now a super diverse and accessible national competition

This morning’s Rising Stars Winners’ Announcement by Tech Nation has been truly impressive – in terms of both its slick production and seamless transition to a virtual event – and the top-notch quality of its 10 winning digital tech companies from across the UK.

Well done to our Competitions Lead Esme Caulfield, who puts every ounce of passion into making Rising Stars great – and it really shows.

#risingstars #wearetechnation #competition #uktech

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My latest feature offers a – ahem – deep dive into how to scale a #deeptech company.

I’m particularly proud of this article. It is such an exciting and broad area of tech that is solving huge, mind-boggling global challenges.

Those operating in the space are academic, persistent – and undoubtedly talented.

Many thanks to everyone who provided insight:

Mathew Lodge
Warren Fauvel
Xavier Parkhouse-Parker
Isabel Fox
Simon Hepworth
Martin Fiennes
Robert Walker
Andy Collins
Jane Garrett
Joshua Western
Ash Ravikumar
Gail Eastaugh
George Neville-Jones 🌄
– Alex van Someren FIET

#deeptech #innovation #startups #scaleups #cern #robotics #ai #cyber #spacetech #biotechnologies #wearetechnation