Call for Australian and New Zealand tech companies for London Tech Week 2021

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is looking for tech companies from Australia and New Zealand who are considering international expansion in the UK. The selected group will join the official hybrid mission for London Tech Week in September 2021.

LTW is the biggest tech festival in Europe. The annual event brings together the world’s most inspiring founders, global leaders, senior investors and emerging talents. In 2020, the festival was held for the first time as a virtual event, attracting more than 20,000 participants from all over the world. The festival hosted more than 700 sessions over 11 days, with more than 750 keynote speakers and innovators.

Australian and Kiwi scale-ups planning to expand into the UK can apply for one of the following streams:

  • creative technology (AR / VR / MR, gamification, adtech, media, eCommerce, sportstech, tech marketing)

  • digital health and wellness

  • edtech

  • future technology (AI, cyber, blockchain / distributed ledger, IoT, robotics, big data, space)

  • impact technology (companies with a positive social or environmental impact)

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an in-person networking event prior to the mission in early September. They will then participate in a series of virtual evenings from September 20 to 29, 2021.

Those selected will join a program organized to ANZ scaled. This will include sessions from key players in the UK tech ecosystem, who will provide exclusive insight into market opportunities and advice on capital raising, R&D and set-up support.

British Consul General and Deputy Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) Louise Cantillon said:

Britain’s tech sector has reached new heights and is the first country in Europe to reach 100 unicorns [tech companies valued at US$1 billion]. This means that the UK now has the highest number of tech unicorns in Europe. With a fantastic track record in supporting tech companies and innovation, the UK is the perfect place for Australian and Kiwi tech companies ready to expand internationally.

The UK Department for International Trade team is delighted to take over this mission. Despite the physical restrictions, this is a great platform for the tech community to come together and for Australians and New Zealand for companies to explore the opportunities offered by the UK market. Good luck to all who apply.

Last year, the DIT delegation was the largest ever from Australia and New Zealand. 130 technology founders and industry representatives joined the mission.

LTW is part of a wider program of initiatives to increase digital trade and investment opportunities between the UK and ANZ technological sectors. Earlier this year, the UK launched the Digital Trade Network (DTN) for Asia-Pacific. The network will support the UK-ANZ technology collaboration and support for UK technology scale-ups in the region.

the LTW the application process is only open to Australian and New Zealand companies. Victorian businesses must apply through the Global Victoria app.

Applications to join the mission will close on Friday July 30, 2021.

Find out more Informations about LTW and how to apply.

More information

  • there are currently 100 UK tech companies valued at US $ 1 billion or more

  • UK joins China and US as only countries to have triple-digit unicorn

  • in 2021, 13 British unicorns have already been created, compared to 7 in 2020 as a whole, and have increased by 127% since 2017

  • the UK has more tech unicorns than Germany (42), France (22) and the Netherlands (18) combined, and is the first country in Europe to reach 100 unicorns

  • Britain’s 100 Tech Unicorns have raised nearly € 28.9 billion ($ 32 billion) in CV investment, with venture capital reaching record levels in the first half of this year

About the UK Department for International Trade:

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Media contact

Dean Bailee

Public Relations and Communication Manager

UK Department for International Trade

British Consulate General in Sydney

[email protected]

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