Letting early-stage scaleups shine bright

Rising Stars 3.0 is the UK’s most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies. Designed to showcase the best the country has to offer, we provide the platform for businesses from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to shine bright. Startups will benefit from significant profile raising on both a national and international level, as well as the opportunity to put their business in front of leading investors, influencers and corporates.

Brought to you by Tech Nation, the organisation will work with you to ensure your business is investor ready. Be quick though as applications close on 20 October 2020.

Rising Stars 3.0 is the UK’s only truly national scaleup competition, designed to be accessible to the best early-stage tech companies from all areas of the country. Entrants are supported throughout the application process, and given training and support at each stage of the competition to enable them to compete to the best ability and deliver the perfect pitch.

The competition culminates in the top 20 companies being showcased online and promoted to a highly curated audience of investors, corporates, influencers and the wider tech ecosystem. The judging panel will then deliberate over the final 20, selecting ten companies to be named as this year’s Rising Stars, who will feature in a high-profile celebration event, held exclusively online.

Who is it for?

  • Seed to pre-Series A funding stage OR if revenue focused, generating annual revenues below £1.5m
  • A digital tech business with a product or service to sell
  • At least one active client or pilot
  • Able to demonstrate market traction
  • HQ’d in UK
  • Company incorporated between one and three years

"Winning Rising Stars was great for us as it gave us credibility, increased our visibility and boosted our profile among the investor community and the wider public." Sonu Bubna, Co-founder, Shopper.

“There were 3 reasons we entered Rising Stars – it raises your profile and spreads your name among other startups and investors, being involved with Tech Nation is a great stamp of approval and builds trust and recognition” Anthony Rose, Founder & CEO, SeedLegals.