London Tech week is happening and as one of the London Advocate, I am so happy to say that the city just got named world’s top tech hub!
London produced 91 tech investment projects bringing in £864m in the last 12 months and now, it's home to over 70 billion-dollar tech startups. In just five months, UK tech startups have already reached £3.8bn of funding across the tech sector which broken the half-year record for VC investment (according to Tech Nation).
In the first five months, Greensill and Oaknorth’s raises of $800m and $440m respectively from Japanese mega-investor Softbank, and takeaway startup Deliveroo’s $575m round led by Amazon. With Fintech raising to hit $2.3bn, Foodtech to $667 million and Software Startups to raise $473 million, The UK now has 78 unicorns (both current and acquire).
Tech London Week is attracting delegates from over 20 countries and I am one of them!
10 June: UK Prime Minister launches London Tech Week
The Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (10 June 2019) launched the 6th annual London Tech Week festival, that brings together many of the biggest names from global technology and business. In her opening speech the Prime Minister said:
“Already we are one of the best places in the world to start and grow a tech business. British Tech is growing over one and a half times faster than the rest of the economy, adding more than one hundred and thirty billion pounds to our economy every year...
But if we are going to maintain our position asa global leader, our challenge is how we develop British Tech and make it even better.We want this to be the place everyone thinks of –and comes to –first when they want to develop their world changing tech ideas. This is a challenge shared between industry and Government...
Today as we sit on the cusp of the next great industrial revolution, we have the opportunity to work together and ensure that the advances we see transform our world for the better, and for the benefit of everyone. Government will back you all the way.”
She also announced ambitious commitments to ensure The UK remains the largest tech hub in Europe. It includes:
Events for 2019 include
London Tech Week saw 55,000 attendees last year. It is anticipated that this year’s TechXLR8 will welcome more than 15,000 attendees, 8,000 companies, and 600 tech guru speakers. There is set to be more than 300 exhibitors, with at least 90 countries represented (with nearly 70% attendees at director level and above).
B2B Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant Candyce has spend the past 15 years working in B2B Sales and Marketing for various tech brands driving digital transformation and product experiences with her knowledge and expertise. She is a consultant, advisor, founder of "Digital Business Women", a Digital Magazine focused on Women in Tech and Digital Businesses, a speaker & panellist at various technology & lifestyle events. A self confessed tech geek, technology is part of her life every.single.day. Candyce lives near London and you can find her working while searching the best cup of coffee when travelling around Europe.