Three Northern companies revealed as Tech Nation’s Rising Stars winners

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Written By Chris

Tech Nation has revealed the three Northern corporations among the many 10 winners of its fourth Rising Stars competitors, which recognises the very best early-stage tech scale-ups throughout the UK.

The three Northern winners embrace Sunderland-headquartered ‘deathtech’ firm Settld, style rental platform Zoa Rental and Manchester-based tech firm RDVault.

Each Zoa Rental and Settld are the primary competitors winners based mostly within the North East, with Settld named as Tech Nation’s first ‘deathtech’ winner, which works to help bereaved households with its tech platform.

In keeping with knowledge from Tech Nation, the North West is now dwelling to 9 of the UK’s tech ‘unicorns’, that are corporations valued at over $1bn, and acquired $975m in VC funding funding final yr – a 43.7% improve on the $549m acquired in 2020.

Whereas within the North East, Tech Nation’s knowledge discovered that the area acquired $283m in VC funding funding final yr – a 66% improve on the $96m acquired in 2020. 

The opposite winners, which span throughout healthtech, fintech, gaming, retail, AI, lawtech, HRtech and spacetech, embrace HR DataHub, Kuberno, Kythera AI, MYNDUP, Naurt, Renude and xigxag – with the vast majority of the winners hailing from exterior of London and the South East.

This yr’s winners have been chosen by a panel of seven judges, with all winners supported by the UK tech ecosystem as they’re inducted into the Tech Nation alumni community.

Esme Caulfield, Competitions Lead at Tech Nation, stated: “This yr’s Tech Nation Rising Stars 4.0 Winners display the easiest of UK tech innovation. It’s been so thrilling to see this yr’s Rising Stars winners disrupting all kinds of tech sectors. like fintech, lawtech and so many others, together with – for the primary time – deathtech. Maybe much more excitingly, that is considered one of our most numerous cohorts but, with the vast majority of successful corporations having feminine founders or co-founders, and almost three quarters hailing from exterior of London.”

“We’re very excited and honoured to be awarded this prestigious accolade from Tech Nation. Contemplating the spectacular cohort and competitors, we’re ecstatic about this superb achievement,” stated Shoayb Patel (pictured, left), Founding father of RDvault.

Vicky Wilson (pictured, proper), co-founder and CEO of Settld, added: “We’re over the moon to have been chosen as a Rising Stars Winner. It’s a testomony to the exhausting work of our small workforce, and it shines a optimistic gentle on the way in which Settld is utilizing know-how for good. We want to dedicate this Award to our bereaved prospects and to all these coping with finish of life admin.”

Isabella West, Founder and CEO of Zoa Rental, stated: “Now we have an enormous imaginative and prescient – a extra sustainable future for the style business. Being recognised as a Tech Rising Star will assist us construct credibility and consciousness in a yr the place rental is forecast to increase.”

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