Tech Nation reveals regional startup winners

Tech Nation has revealed the 33 regional winners of its nationwide Rising Stars competition, which represents and recognises the UK’s most exciting and innovative early-stage scaling tech companies.

The winners were required to be at seed to pre-Series A funding or generating annual revenues up to £1.5 million. Selected by a panel of industry experts, the companies have been regarded as tech leaders within their respective regions.

Following the semi-final in January, the competition will culminate in a grand final in February, where the top 20 companies will pitch to a panel to become one of Tech Nation’s 10 Rising Stars.

Now in its second year, demand for the competition from early-stage founders has seen a 39 per cent rise in applications compared to 2018.

The judging panel of industry experts included Louize Clark, director of ConnectTVT; Mark Lyons, investment director at Praetura; Simon Bailie, chief executive at Digital DNA; and Pam Sheemar, entrepreneur development manager at NatWest.

Mike Jackson, entrepreneur success director at Tech Nation, commented: “The Rising Stars regional winners announced today are testament to the UK’s exceptional tech sector, and demonstrate that there are hugely exciting tech companies across the entire nation.

“Rising Stars is an excellent platform for early-stage scaling tech companies to build their profile as they look to scale their businesses and support the UK in maintaining its position as a world leader for producing successful tech companies.”

The winners were as follows:

East of England

Aitrak
Conundrum
Foundries.io

Highly Commended in East of England: Robok, Pickr, Insurtechnix

London

ClearGlass
CoGrammar
Gener8

Highly Commended in London: Proportunity, Oncare, Taxscouts

Midlands

Shopper.com
StaffCircle
Fluence World

Highly Commended in the Midlands: Kinnami, iScout Ltd, CarerDirect

North East

Apricity Compliance
Block Matrix
Starfeb

Highly Commended in the North East: Fair Custodian, Veritent, WotJob

North West

tootoot
UrbanChain
Culture Shift

Highly Commended in the North West: Dr Fertility, VoiceIQ, Immersify Education

Northern Ireland

Bluesona
Péarlaí
Pitchbooking

Highly Commended in Northern Ireland: gofyt, Obbi Solutions, Oroson

Scotland

Talking Medicines
Neatebox
Drinkly

Highly Commended in Scotland: Frog Systems, Good-Loop, MyCustomer Lens

South East

Sparkbox
IMGeospatial
Seakr

Highly Commended in the South East: Personal Data Management, Streeva, Percept Imagery

South West

Codices Interactive
Filmily
Value Xd

Highly Commended in the South West: Blockchain Ventures, Scribeless, Service Robotics

Wales

We Build Bots
Resooma
Moneyshake

Highly Commended in Wales: Disberse, Simply Do Ideas, Coincover

Yorkshire

SeeAI
Branswer
Cooperative Innovations

Highly Commended in Yorkshire: Checklate Media, Additive Automations, Calbot

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