Posted on November 28, 2019 by staff

Tech Nation Rising Stars regional winners revealed


Tech Nation has revealed the 33 regional winners of its nationwide competition Rising Stars.

The shortlist of the UK’s most exciting and innovative early-stage scaling tech companies was selected by a panel of industry experts.

The companies, all at seed-to-pre-Series A funding or generating annual revenues up to £1.5 million, will compete at the Rising Stars semi-final in January 2020.

The top 20 will then pitch to a high-profile panel at the grand final in February to become one of Tech Nation’s 10 Rising Stars.

With a prize package built to significantly raise the profile of the winning companies on both a national and international level, the competition is designed to help them become the world-leading tech companies of the future.

Companies will have their profile raised throughout the competition and have access to pitch coaching to enable them to compete to the best of their ability.

Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to pitch to over 200 high profile investors and corporate leaders.

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.

Esme Caulfield, competitions lead at Tech Nation, said: “As the UK’s only early-stage tech scale-up competition, Rising Stars is an incredible opportunity for companies across the whole of the UK.

“We are hugely excited to shine a light on these early-stage scaleups across the nation and to support in creating opportunities for them to scale their business and one day become the UK’s next generation of tech leaders.”

Rising Stars 2.0 regional winners

East of England

Aitrak (Holkham, Visual Optimisation)

Conundrum (Cambridge, Industrial Autopilot) (Cambridge, Devices & IoT)


ClearGlass (London, Fintech)

CoGrammar (London, Tech for Good)

Gener8 (London, Adtech & Marketing)

Midlands (Birmingham, Ecommerce & Marketplace)

StaffCircle (Leicester, SaaS)

Fluence World (Birmingham, AI)

North East

Apricity Compliance (Darlington, Fintech)

Block Matrix (Newcastle, Fintech)

Starfeb (Newcastle, SaaS)

North West

tootoot (Manchester, SaaS)

UrbanChain (Altrincham, Blockchain/AI & Energy)

Culture Shift (Manchester, Tech for Good)

Northern Ireland

Bluesona (Belfast, Fintech)

Péarlaí (Newry, Adtech & Marketing)

Pitchbooking (Belfast, Ecommerce & Marketplace)


Talking Medicines (Glasgow, Healthtech & Biotech)

Neatebox (Edinburgh, Tech for Good)

Drinkly (Edinburgh, Ecommerce & Marketplace)

South East

Sparkbox (Southampton, SaaS)

IMGeospatial (Slough, Tech for Good)

Seakr (Slough, Tech for Good)

South West

Codices Interactive (Truro, Digital Entertainment)

Filmily (Totnes, Adtech & Marketing)

Value Xd (Exeter, Data Analytics)

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We Build Bots (Cardiff, AI)

Resooma (Cardiff, Ecommerce & Marketplace)

Moneyshake (Newport, Fintech)


SeeAI. (Leeds, Healthtech & Biotech)

Branswer (Leeds, Adtech & Marketing)

Cooperative Innovations (Leeds, Digital Entertainment)