Exciting news coming out of @TechNation today. We're ecstatic to reveal applications are now OPEN for three of our leading growth programmes; Rising Stars, Upscale and Future Fifty.

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So then, North East tech #startups! Are you looking for a huge boost in profile? Apply for
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Applications close 3 November

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Calling fast-growing North East tech firms! Have you raised Series A funding OR hit the £1.5m revenue mark?

Join Tech Nation's leading #scaleup programme, Upscale, to accelerate your growth further! 🚀🚀

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Future Fifty is the UK’s leading late-stage growth programme, bringing together the most successful tech companies to build a powerful network!

Apply if your business has Series B+ funding or generating £5m+ revenues, & growing at 50% year-on-year.

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Sep 23, 2020
💡🦾🖥️ Hey it's a NE tech thread! 💡🦾🖥️

People have asked which North East digital tech companies I mentioned on today's Digi Drive launch - firms across the region which have been innovating as a response to the pandemic. There are no doubt countless examples but here's a few:
Teesside 3D Visualisation, interactive digital media and digital consultation pioneers @Animmersion caught my eye in April when the team launched virtual, interactive events tech. businesscloud.co.uk/news/north-eas…
Next up was leading no-code, drag & drop enterprise app builder @nutshellapps which is helping @networkrail go paperless! thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18696194.…
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Sep 11, 2019
You might have seen a new study published yesterday looking at issues (e.g. health, crime, qualifications and economy) to determine the most deprived UK local authority areas. Long story short, Middlesbrough was named as the most deprived part of England. mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/e…
I'm a big believer in hegemony; the media undoubtedly has a direct&powerful influence on audiences. I don't know the mechanisms of this study but the reporting feels pretty irresponsible. There's a danger here that audiences, en masse, will assume Middlesbrough is without hope.
Yet Middlesbrough is massively on the up. Sure, like many Northern post-industrial towns, the area is underinvested. Yet I'd argue content like this will have more effect on the man on the street than it will on the ears of Whitehall. There's a counter-productive danger here.
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Sep 5, 2019
Good morning! We've just announced which companies will be on the next @TechNation #fintech programme. You can read about the programme in its entirety here. technation.io/news/fintech-c… In this thread I'll talk about what (IMO) it means for the North East specifically.
3 firms from the NE, the most of any region outside of London, will feature on this programme. We hope that the startups taking part will not only graduate the programme with a greater chance of survival but will be bolstered with the knowledge & connections they need to thrive.
The 3 NE firms are: immediate payments platform @paidcouk, reverse auction marketplace @GetHonchoUK and reporting and reconciliation platform @KaniPayments. They join 20 other exciting UK fintech firms on a 6 month, non-residential programme. Watch this space.
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May 14, 2019
Released today, the Tech Nation 2019 Report presents UK tech on the global stage. You can read the Report online here: technation.io/report2019/#in…. Happy to answer any questions you might have. Continue this thread for North East-specific insight (just my own personal takeaway).
The Report delves into UK tech scaleup activity. Newcastle stood as one of the top 20 UK cities for scaleup tech investment 2015-2018, with £148m of investment during the period. To put that into perspective, London led the way with £9bn and Cambridge was second with £583m. #gap Image
Cities and clusters in the UK are competing for scaleup investment on the global stage. Clusters are matched with worldwide counterparts, based on the investment that companies based there have received over the last five years.
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May 3, 2019
I got a call from a Senior BBC Producer yesterday talking about plans in the pipeline for a feature on digital tech in Middlesbrough. Call was mainly about data and quantifying cluster growth but we did get into case studies & anecdotes. This is where grassroots is so important.
We ended up talking about @refreshteesside for a good five minutes. Talking about the sentiment in the area and how things have changed from days of heavy industry to what new opportunities digital has brought. I mentioned the talk @easbynow gave exactly on this at Refresh.
I think this is genuinely this the NE's best asset, the pride which transpires into community strength. Sounds a bit cliched but it literally is building the future, isn't it? Pride>Community>Changing perceptions>Retaining talent>Attracting talent>Greater inward investment...
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Mar 11, 2019
I’m 27. My brother is 16. My dad is 53. We were discussing #northoftyne Mayor & devolution yesterday. The thing that struck me was my bro saying, ‘You’ve been talking about this for weeks but does any of it matter? Nothing will change.’ There’s an overwhelming sadness here.
While there’s an argument that potentially little can change due to the relatively small size of the deal (over 30 years) it worries me more how disfranchised and faithless many young people are when it comes to politics. This includes me and not just my younger teenage brother.
This is why we need a Mayor who will instantly provide strong leadership, with a clear strategy and dogged determination to better the region. With Brexit looming I’m terrified for the future of the NE. We need to emulate what other successful mayors have done in other regions.
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