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  • Tech Nation’s website and corporate brand are revealed at
  • Tech Nation’s expanded mission is to connect ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs across the UK
  • The Solar logo – illustrates how Tech Nation will build a network of networks to help support digital tech founders wherever they are, as a connected hub that radiates energy and ideas for the tech sector

A new voice for the UK’s fast-growing digital tech sector was launched today.

Tech Nation – the UK network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs –  is a new organisation that combines and expands the activities and reach of Tech City UK and Tech North, which have been helping to accelerate the digital tech sector in London and the North of England.


The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans to create Tech Nation last November. The organisation came into being on 2 April 2018. Its first major event will be the launch of its nationwide 11 city Tech Nation on Tour and release of its respected annual research report Tech Nation 2018, at an event in London on 17 May.

Tech Nation works to accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector across the UK, help ambitious founders succeed, increase digital skills, share learning and knowledge between sectors and communities and help present the UK tech sector on the world stage.


The organisation will do this through:

  • Growth programmes – Tech Nation programmes like Upscale and Future Fifty will expand to reach more companies. The organisation will also introduce new sector programmes like Fintech
  • Insights – Tech Nation will produce data and research that shines a light on the sector and help inform policy decisions
  • Visas – Tech Nation will work to attract international tech talent to the UK by providing access to tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas
  • Networks – Tech Nation will promote the tech sector across the country, by establishing a virtual networks of like-minded companies and individuals, who will be able to share experience, best practice and knowledge.

Gerard Grech, chief executive of Tech Nation, said:

“The UK has an amazing creative digital tech sector that is the envy of Europe and second in the world only to the US. To make sure we continue to be a global tech powerhouse, Tech Nation will work to harness the power of entrepreneurs into a national network. By passing on knowledge, expertise and connections, we can support those in the sector to grow faster than ever.

“As Britain prepares to leave the EU and to strike trade deals around the world, it is the right time to form a national body that works to encourage the expansion of the tech sector across the whole country. With the UK already demonstrating global leadership in sectors like Fintech and Artificial Intelligence, we will link businesses working in the sectors across the country to leverage their knowledge and expertise.”


Tech Nation’s brand identity is designed to emphasise the organisation’s role in bringing people together so that they benefit from shared knowledge, experience and expertise. The award-winning design team, Adrian and Zoe Philpott, created the logo.  Called the Solar, the logo illustrates a central hub that radiates energy, a place where illuminating ideas converge and where rays of innovation can be shared.

The website – – features details on all Tech Nation programmes and how to apply for them. It also provides information on the Tech Nation visa scheme and how to begin an application. Blogs and video content about the digital tech sector across the country can also be found on the website. Information about Tech Nation and contact details for the organisation are also displayed.

Tech Nation begins its Tech Nation on Tour journey to 11 UK tech clusters in May. The Tour will create opportunities for communities around the country to discuss the findings of the 2018 report and learn about Tech Nation’s plans to serve the UK’s vibrant tech ecosystem. Tech Nation will host events across the country from May to mid-October, the dates are as follows:


  • Thurs 17th May am – London
  • Wed 24th May am – Cambridge            
  • Thurs 21st June pm – Edinburgh            
  • Wed 27th June pm – Newcastle                                  
  • Wed 18th July am – Reading       
  • Thurs 26th July – Belfast
  • Wed 12th Sept pm – Bristol                       
  • Wed 19th Sept am – Birmingham                              
  • Thurs 27th Sept pm – Leeds                  
  • Thurs 4th Oct pm – Manchester
  • Thurs 11th Oct pm – Cardiff

To get involved with one or more of these events, please go to

Dylan McKee
Dylan McKee
Dylan McKee is the co-founder & CEO of Nebula Labs. He's a passionate technologist, excited app developer, and enthusiastic tea drinker. Dylan has a vast experience of mobile app development, developing his first iOS app - myAltitude - at the age of 13, which went on to achieve over 1 million downloads worldwide. Since then, Dylan has worked on countless apps over multiple mobile and web platforms for a variety of clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs and venture-backed startups to established SMEs and local government organisations. Dylan studied Computer Science BSc at Newcastle University, and is also an alumni of the Ignite Accelerator Programme, completing their Summer 2014 programme and working with many of their portfolio companies on mobile apps.

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