Tech Nation has accepted 13 late-stage tech companies onto its Future Fifty programme.
Over the last 10 years, the growth programme has supported 22% of the UK’s 138 tech unicorns. Alumni include Skyscanner and Deliveroo.
Hoping to join them are Manchester-based The Modern Milkman, which is seeking to modernise the milk round to help reduce customers’ household waste, while Zuto, in Macclesfield, is working to make car financing more transparent.
“At a time of increasing uncertainty in the economic environment, initiatives such as Tech Nation’s Future Fifty provide a critical catalyst in support of the next generation of UK entrepreneurs,” said Andres Pieczanski, Managing Partner at IA Global Capital and Future Fifty 11.0 Judge.
“The level of innovation, growth and ambition shown by these companies should serve an inspiration to us all.”
Future Fifty was set up to offer tailor-made guidance that addresses challenges unique to the most successful tech companies in the country. Over the next 6 months they will get peer-to-peer learning opportunities, open dialogue between experienced entrepreneurs and founders, in-depth masterclass sessions run by seasoned coaches, sessions with key government officials and exclusive ministerial roundtables, and access to a dedicated Tech Nation Visa team.
“Future Fifty presents an amazing opportunity to accelerate the work we’re doing as a business that wants to have a positive impact on the environment and drive consumer change,” said Simon Mellin, CEO of The Modern Milkman.
“The collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities we’ve already experienced as members of the Upscale 7.0 cohort has been invaluable. We’re thrilled to continue our growth journey with the support of Tech Nation.”
James Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Zuto added:
“We’re thrilled to be recognised and included in this year’s Future Fifty. We’re growing very quickly and we want to make sure we’re always learning. Future Fifty gives us an opportunity to surround ourselves with companies who are going through similar experiences. We’re passionate about using business as a force for good – we’ve achieved so much already, but we know there is more we want to do.”