Tech Nation

Tech Nation fuels the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies. We provide them with the coaching, content and community they need for their journey in designing the future.

Tech Nation catalyses the 21st century infrastructure that accelerates the entire ecosystem, bringing together a network of purposeful founders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions in order to collaborate in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond.

When we started out in 2010, we dreamt of a tech nation that united the country. We kicked off by shining a spotlight on London’s tech cluster, and then rapidly expanded our reach to join the dots on UK technology, from Belfast to Bangor, Dundee to Derby, Liverpool to Leeds, Sheffield to Sunderland and Newcastle to Norwich. Our future will extend beyond timezones, territories and technologies. Our ambitions are as big as those of the entrepreneurs we elevate. Our current mission is to unlock the growth potential of 1000 scaling tech leadership teams across the UK by 2022. We want to contribute to a future in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to succeed as a game-changing leader. #WeAreTechNation. We fuel growth.

Stephen Kelly was appointed Chair of Tech Nation in June 2020.

As a CEO and director, Stephen has extensive experience of turning around and scaling technology companies, from established technology companies like Oracle and Sage in the UK to growing a Silicon Valley startup into a publicly listed company.  He is unique as a CEO who grew NASDAQ, FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies.

Stephen has also worked in the UK Government, firstly as COO overseeing digital transformation and latterly as the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for technology.

He is an established investor and mentor with many further digital businesses and entrepreneurs and brings to the role extensive chairing and non-executive experience