The UK’s growth platform for tech startups and founders, Tech Nation is confirmed that it is very much in discussions with Brent Hoberman’s Founders Forum Group to carry on its legacy.
As a reminder: on the 20th of January of this year, we brought you the news that The UK government's digital growth services tender had been awarded to Barclays Eagle Lab, meaning British startups were set to lose existing provider Tech Nation's offerings.
Much to no one’s surprise, 11 days later, Tech Nation officially called it and announced that as of the 31st of March, the entity would effectively be no more. Aaaaaand … that they were seeking “expressions of interest from organisations that would be interested in its internationally acclaimed brand.” i.e. programmes and portfolio.
A few days later, we sat down with Tech Nation CEO Gerard Grech. For the sake of hearing it straight from the source, here’s a podcast for you.
It would now appear that the legacy of Tech Nation will live on, if only in a different format (perhaps? Perhaps not), with the former confirming that it is in discussions with Founders Forum Group to acquire its portfolio.
In addition to the news regarding Founders Forum Group, Tech Nation has also confirmed that is will continue to accept new Global Talent endorsement applications for the foreseeable future, until a new endorsing body is in place.
Further to the podcast, Tech Nation’s Gerard Grech commented, “We have been delighted by the dozens of expressions of interest that we received and want to thank all those that have engaged with us during this process. We are very excited to be in discussions with Founders Forum Group, which we think is well placed to build on the legacy that Tech Nation has created over the last 10 years, given their ethos and approach to supporting entrepreneurs at every stage.”