The UK's leading programme for late-stage digital businesses

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The programme

Future Fifty is the only programme for late-stage digital tech companies in the UK. Arguably the most successful programme for high-growth tech companies in Europe, Future Fifty companies have raised over $5.3 bn in the past five years. As a Future Fifty company you’ll tackle a range of scaling challenges with other businesses, learn from your peers, and build a powerful network able to influence government policy and inspire the next generation in our tech ecosystem.

What the companies say

Why take part?

Problem Solving
Learn and solve business challenges with your peers

Peer Network
Become part of a powerful network

Influence government policy through roundtables and surveys 

Be recognised as one of the UK’s top tech businesses

Play a part in supporting the growth of the UK’s tech ecosystem

Hear from the Future Fifty

The programme covers the key scaling challenges faced by growth stage companies

“I’ve met some of the best tech companies in the UK, some really interesting companies launching in the U.S.

Charles Wells, CMO, Just Giving

“It’s a fantastic network of great people and companies. Great support from the Government which is doing a fantastic job in the UK tech industry.”

José Neves, CEO, Farfetch

“The concierge-style service means that there’s a team at Tech City UK who are able to give us practical help and advice in tackling the speed bumps we face on our growth journey.”

Sarah Wood, CEO, Unruly Media

“I think that Future Fifty can be a great sounding board for meeting like-minded founders”

Bernhard Niesner, CEO, Busuu

“The really important stuff to us is the access Future Fifty gives us to companies of a similar size and the voice into Government, more than just the accolade of having made it.”

Alice Newton-Rex, Head of Product, WorldRemit

“Being part of Future Fifty not only provides us with direct benefits, such as peer-learning, but ensures that our experiences help shape the wider scale-up ecosystem.”

Rhydian Lewis, CEO, RateSetter

5 incredible years of Future Fifty

In the past 5 years Future Fifty companies have raised $5.3BN in investment, employed 27,000 people, and have seen 27 exits (5 IPOs, 22 mergers & acquisitions)

From Tech City UK

Future Fifty is one of a range of programmes run by Tech City UK – a government backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the UK’s digital sector.

Judging panel

Paul Harrison
Just Eat, CFO

Robin Klein
Local Globe, General Partner

Stan Laurent
Photobox, Director & Previous CEO

Nick Beighton

Rob McCombie
CBPE Capital, Director

Irene Graham
Scaleup Institute, CEO

Christian Hernandez
White Star Capital Managing Partner

Kevin Walsh
Deloitte, Partner

Anthony Clavel
Summit Partners, Investor

Linda Main
KPMG Head of the Capital Markets Group

Sonali De Rycker
Accel, General Partner

Gregor Pryor
Reed Smith, Partner

Andrew Kanter
Invoke Capital, Partner

Keith Wallington

Lorna Tilbian
Numis Securities, Executive Director

Suranga Chandratillake
Balderton Capital, General Partner

Nezehat Gultekin
Temasek, Director

Jonathan Goodwin
Founders Forum, Lepe Partners

Alex McCraken
SVB, Managing Director

Charles Baden-Fuller
Cass Business School, Professor of Strategy


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