Rising Stars 4.0 Is Looking For The UK’s Best Small Tech Businesses

Rising Stars 4.0 Is Looking For The UK’s Best Small Tech Businesses

Rising Stars 4.0 is Tech Nation’s competition to find the UK’s most innovative, early-stage tech companies. Designed to showcase the best the country has to offer, the competition provides a platform for businesses from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be seen on the world stage.

Winners 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. Tech Nation will also work with winners to their business is investor ready.

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 of their ability and deliver the  perfect pitch.

The competition culminates in the top 20 companies being showcased 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 10 companies to be named as this year’s Rising Stars, who will feature in a high-profile celebration event in March 2022.

Entries for Rising Stars 4.0 are now open. You have until 20 October 2021 to get your applications in.

Who’s Eligible?

Businesses must meet a few simple criteria to enter Rising Stars 4.0:

  • 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 (no consultants or agencies)
  • At least one active client or pilot
  • Able to demonstrate market traction
  • HQ’d in UK
  • Incorporated in ther last 1-3 years
  • Able to commit to key dates in the Rising Stars calendar

Live Q&A

Tech Nation is hosting two live Q&A sessions for potential entrants to Rising Stars 4.0. You’ll have opportunity to learn more about the programme, whether you qualify and what to expect if you’re a winner.

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Not Eligible?

If your company does not qualify for Rising Stars 4.0, Tech Nation has two other programmes which may be suitable.


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Future Fifty

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Enter Now

To find out more about Rising Stars 4.0 and access the application form, visit the Tech Nation website.

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