Event Report – The UK Tech landscape post EU exit

Startup Disrupt, in cooperation with the British Embassy Prague, the Department for International Trade and Supreme Factory, organized an event The UK Tech landscape post EU exit on the 4th of March 2021.

You can find the virtual tech event to discover the UK’s burgeoning tech scene and how to tap into fresh capital in 2021 to scale your business here.

You can rewatch a record of a live stream and look forward to hearing from Conor McGurk (DIT Regional Director and Europe Technology Lead), a keynote speech by Dr Chris Moore (Technology Specialist, DIT), two panel discussions on “Navigating the new landscape: What are the opportunities & challenges for setting up and operating in the UK?” and “Tech investments and raising funds in the UK”, moderated by Petar Savic. Lastly, the event finished with a fireside chat with Cera Care, moderated by Michael Jacobsen.

Watch the online event and find out what the UK can do for your business!

Rapid growth

Words from Conor McGurk had a clear and strong message – your business can grow rapidly in the UK. The UK is one of the top countries in having unicorn tech companies.

Conor McGurk and his team launched a competition The European tech rocketship awards in September 2020. They launched the competition to find the best European companies interested in setting up in the UK and within a few weeks, they had 650 applications from over 30 countries. Last 5 months they’ve been running events across Europe to find the best ones among 650 registered companies and within this time they’ve discovered the TOP 8. Among the grand finalists are companies from Slovakia, Hungary, and others. The grand finale is coming soon – don’t forget to check it out.

New opportunities

Dr Chris Moore presented really interesting data in his keynote presentation besides all the great tips and tricks on how to set a business in the UK. Here are some examples of what he shared:

1. The Tech industry expands 2,6x faster than the rest of the UK economy.

2. UK companies had raised more than 15billion dollars of VC investments – that’s more than Germany and France combined.

3. UK customers are early adopters and they’re driven by the use of cloud, data analytics, and AI

4. New opportunities:

  • UX/UI
  • Education tech
  • Fintech
  • Communications
  • AI
  • Data Science
  • Digital health

5. Stronger demand for:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Identity management
  • Cloud infrastructure

Panel discussions

The two hours of the event were filled with really informative content. Among the speakers of the panel discussions “Navigating the new landscape: What are the opportunities & challenges for setting up and operating in the UK?” and “Tech investments and raising funds in the UK” were Chris Moore, Julian Davis, Anthony Sheehan, Emiliano Ramos, Monik Pham, and Emma MacRae.

We’ve heard a lot of interesting points. What should you bring out of the event?

The next year will be a tremendous time for startups and scaleups in the UK because everything changes. There are two approaches – the first half of the companies says they can’t do much and the second is ready to hop on the new possibilities. Some of the startups are preparing, opening, creating a UK entity or are engaging online with customers and closing deals. Those companies will hit the ground running and working on their businesses. Don’t let the pandemic be the barrier, the UK is open for business and will provide you with a lot of support. Don’t wait, start now and enjoy the event!

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