UK Startups Accelerate in 2017


Tech City UK announced 33 UK based startups joining its Upscale program – which is a 6 month accelerator and mentoring program. Over the course of this year, you can expect more UK based businesses to take inspiration from the growth and activity of these companies across the UK.

With more trade talks coming up, more and more talk is coming of businesses expanding into the U.S. and vice versa. The key is building a solid foundation and then scaling to markets that represent the best opportunities (from a time to market, and ease of entry perspective).

The Upscale program has a blend of geographical and category diversity…

A third of the companies were based outside of London, including:

  • Cambridge
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham

More notable is the emergence of more growth and activity in Manchester – keep an eye here and in Birmingham.

In terms of the types of businesses, these include:

  • EdTech
  • MedTech
  • FinTech
  • eCommerce
  • IoT

Overall, at least 12 distinct categories represented by these businesses.

You can read more about these companies, such as Grabyo, on the Tech City UK website.


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