Welsh tech entrepreneurs reach the semi finals of prestigious competition

Three of Wales’ most innovative tech start-ups have made it to the semi-finals of the Tech Nation Rising Stars pitch competition.

Green tech firm Surple, social enterprise platform Inspirze and education app MiFuture have been selected among 33 early-stage tech companies from across the UK.

Launched in October, Rising Stars is on a mission to discover the best British tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. Winners will receive mentorship, investment opportunities, pitch training and a nationwide press campaign.

Judges are looking out for companies that have not only created an innovative product that resonates with customers, but that have the desire and ambition to scale.

Esme Caulfield, competitions lead at Tech Nation, said: “Rising Stars is the UK’s newest and most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech startups, with a prize package designed to send your business into the stratosphere.

“We’re scouring the country looking for the UK’s most ambitious tech startups to join Tech Nation’s first-ever Rising Stars cohort. Whether you’re in St Ives or Inverness, Bangor (Wales) or Bangor (Northern Ireland), we’re looking for stellar startups with the passion, proposition and ambition.”

Semi-finalist Gemma Hallett, founder of MiFuture, launched the app to support 100,000 disengaged youngsters by providing them with a quick way to find jobs.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be shortlisted for a national award. This app was driven by the input of young people for young people, and we’ve listened and created a solution to a real problem. I wholeheartedly believe that we can help change the lives of so many young people,” she told Tech Dragons.

“Tech allows us to raise aspirations and decrease barriers for #GenZ as they embark on their entry in to the labour market and the decision making process. It doesn’t need to be as difficult as it has been to date, with the miFuture app we can and will mobilise a generation like never before.”

Peter Allan, managing director of Surple, added: “It’s an amazing opportunity for a small start-up like us to meet some really interesting companies, potential mentors and spread the word about the change we are trying to make in the energy industry.”