Tech start-ups

Articles and news on UK tech startups and their role in driving innovation, transforming the way we live, work, and interact in the digital age.


SoftBank considers launching third Vision Fund

The world’s largest conglomerate is considering a new fund for tech start-ups to make up for poor performance and record losses


Worst over for high-growth tech start-ups, says Chrysalis

The investment firm’s tech portfolio, which includes unicorn Klarna, has seen its share price plummet 65 per cent since January.


More UK scaling tech start-ups exiting than ever before

Tech Nation data has revealed the UK achieved 54 IPOs over the past decade – 37 taking place in 2021 alone.


3 key skills you’ll need to succeed in a tech start-up

There were 38,240 tech firms incorporated in 2021. Here are three key skills you’ll also need to succeed at a start-up.


Plural launches €250m fund to back next generation European tech founders

Plural to lead early stage rounds of up to €10m in around 20 companies over coming year


Pension funds freed up to invest in tech next year

Science minister George Freeman has outlined the government’s plans to support investment in UK tech companies


Equity investment in small UK businesses hit record in 2021

Equity investment in small UK businesses almost doubled in 2021, hitting a record £18.1bn across 2,616 deals


Labour to review support for tech startups

Lord O’Neil will lead investigation into barriers holding back UK tech start-ups, including access to finance


Earliest-stage tech start-ups being starved of investment, warns Google

UK runs the risk of choking off future tech giants, warns internet giant, as proportion of VC funding for earliest-stage tech companies falls to 5% in 2021 compared with 15% a decade ago

Growth Planning

Britain to revamp visa system to attract start-up founders and tech talent

Government to roll out three different visas to help fast-growth companies hire overseas workers, attract graduates from world's top universities, and woo foreign founders of tech start-ups.

Venture Capital Funding

Tech start-ups in London raise record $26bn in funding in 2021

Amount raised by London tech companies more than doubles year on year, bringing total tech unicorns to 75


US takeovers of British tech companies rise by 50% in 2021

Government can intervene in foreign takeovers of UK high-tech companies with turnover below £70m as concern grows over overseas investors snapping up significant start-ups