Tech Nation, the UK network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs, has selected RoleMapper as one of its early-stage scaleup winners of its nationwide competition, Rising Stars.
The Rising Stars competition is the only of its kind in the UK and is designed to showcase the most exciting companies at Seed to pre-Series A from all areas of the country. The ten winners in total have been selected as Rising Stars through a rigorous competition process, with more than 330 applications received.
Sara Hill, Founder & CEO, Role Mapper Technologies, says: "This is great news for RoleMapper. Our goal is to transform workplaces through inclusive job descriptions and reducing bias in the hiring process. To be seen as an innovator in the HRTech space is exactly what we want.”The virtual nature of the competition this year has also made it accessible to founders from every corner of the UK."
The virtual nature of the competition has also been credited with increasing access for women founders.
The 2020 Rising Stars winners are the most diverse cohort yet, with 50% of the winning companies having women founders and co-founders - up from 40% in 2019
Esme Caulfield, Competitions Lead, Tech Nation, comments: “The Tech Nation Rising Stars competition highlights the best-in-class companies in the UK at the seed and pre-Series A stages and shows the amazing tech companies that make-up the UK’s pipeline."It's incredibly exciting to see the 2020 Rising Stars winners across a broad mix of sectors, as well as representing the most diverse Rising Stars cohort yet, with 50% of the winning companies having women founders, while 80% of the winners are from outside London.”
Rising Stars Judges Quotes:
Stephen Kelly, Chair, Tech Nation comments: “The Rising Stars announced today are great examples of the strength of the UK tech ecosystem. The winners highlight that innovation, determination and ambition in this fast-growing sector can be found right across the UK. What the Rising Stars competition, and indeed Tech Nation, does is provide a platform to showcase these exciting and innovative companies.”
Mary McKenna, Tech Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, comments: "It's fantastic to see so many brilliant companies among this year's Rising Stars. As well as being an incredible representation of the innovation and talent we have here in the UK this year's Winners represent great diversity in terms of gender, location and sector. "
Anika Henry, Operations Lead & EMEA Partner Manager, Google for Startups UK, comments: “At Google for Startups UK, we’re always looking out for the country’s great, new emerging tech start-ups, so it’s been a great honour to be on the judging panel of the Tech Nation Rising Stars. The high calibre and diversity of companies and out-of-the-box approach shown by the nominees has been really inspiring to see and I wish them all well in their journeys and development over the next year.”
Rob Kniaz, Partner, Hoxton Ventures, comments: “As an investor, being part of the Rising Stars 3.0 judging process was a truly inspiring experience. It's fantastic to see highly investable scaling companies with diverse founders from every corner of the UK. I will be following the winners’ growth with interest.”
About Tech Nation
Tech Nation is the growth platform for tech companies and leaders. Tech Nation fuels the growth of game-changing founders, leaders, and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies. We provide them with the coaching, content, and community they need for their journey in designing the future. Tech Nation has years of experience facilitating and helping UK tech companies scale, both at home and abroad. Over 20 cohorts and 600 companies have successfully graduated from Tech Nation’s growth programmes. Alumni include Skyscanner, Darktrace, and Monzo.