The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has brought 10 leading Australian technology companies to the UK selected from almost 200 scale-ups who vied for a place on the UK Tech Rocketship Awards programme.

All participants plan to take advantage of the rapidly growing UK tech eco-system to grow their business and establish a presence in the UK.

Tonight (Tuesday 19 February) Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Natalie Black and Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner to the UK, David Watson, officially welcomed the delegation to the UK at a reception at Australia House in London.

The reception, hosted by the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, attracted over 100 senior business and industry leaders from the London tech and investor community.

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific, Natalie Black said:

I am delighted to be back in London this week to personally welcome our Tech Rocketship Award cohort from Australia.

The UK has one of the most vibrant and innovative tech ecosystems in the world backed by our industrial and digital strategies. With more VC investment and unicorns than anywhere else in Europe – it’s the natural next step for ambitious Australian and New Zealand tech companies.

We are very excited to be supporting our Tech Rocketship winners and we look forward to their UK success.

Australian High Commissioner to the UK, George Brandis said:

I am delighted that we could host the Tech Rocketship Award Winners at Australia House this evening. This delegation further strengthens the excellent bilateral technology relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom and demonstrates the world-leading quality of Australian innovation and entrepreneurship.

For many of Australia’s leading technology firms, the United Kingdom is a natural next step. Our shared culture and regulatory alignment mean that although the geographic distance may be large, our 2 countries remain neighbours in trade and innovation.

Australia’s continued economic growth provides an excellent launch-pad for UK technology firms thinking about expansion into the Asia-Pacific, and tonight’s reception also highlights the opportunities for investment for our British guests.

The companies will spend their time in London on a tailored programme of meetings, networking events and workshops aimed at accelerating their UK expansion plans.

The Tech Rocketship Award winners are:

Joining the delegation is the ‘Feeding the Nation’ category runner-up, Aglive, who is attending in place of winner Yume, and Tech 23 winner, Daisee.

The UK Tech Rocketship Awards are sponsored by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton who are also committed to strengthening the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and Australia.

For additional notes on the UK Tech Rocketship Awards in Australia and New Zealand, click here.

A UK Department for International Trade Press Release