Scaling the brightest ideas

The startup life is reserved for the brave. It takes an enormous amount of patience, passion and grit to take a bright idea and scale it. But everyone could use a little help — like tips on raising early-stage money, connecting with investors and building a thriving team. With lessons from brilliant people who have done it all before, and the savvy investors who partnered with them, this stage is for the brave pioneers looking to drive their ideas forward.

We welcome the fast-growing startups, the rare unicorns, the hard-working camels and the impressive scale-ups at every stage of the cycle to share their personal stories and real-world experiences. From scaling ideas faster to building an ethical business, this stage features the most awe-inspiring innovations, the challenges that plague most startups and the golden opportunities every entrepreneur needs to know about.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here


Fast paced startups

Delve into the fast-paced (and sometimes amusing world of startups and take notes from the people changing the face of technology with their innovations.


Connecting investors 

Pick the brains of successful startup founders on building better teams and scaling across new markets; and connect with the keen investors looking to spot remarkable ideas.


Genuinely engage

Find out what it takes to be a sustainable startup in a time of ‘greenwashing’ to genuinely engage the young, ethically-minded generations.


Equal opportunities

Learn what you can do to support the LGBTQ+ community and promote equal opportunities in the workforce — other than just wearing a pride flag badge.


Collaborative workplaces

Peer into the future of remote, collaborative workplaces and why it needs to be design-centric to succeed.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can you raise early-stage money in days?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Why are rolling funds the new craze in investment?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can we get more women and girls in STEM?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What are the most recent trends in the creator's economy?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How are investors supporting racial and gender equality?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How else can investors add value to founders aside from money?

How can you raise early-stage money in days?

Why are rolling funds the new craze in investment?

How can we get more women and girls in STEM?

What are the most recent trends in the creator’s economy?

How are investors supporting racial and gender equality?

How else can investors add value to founders aside from money?

Meet the speakers

See the Agenda

9:59 am - 10:04 am 14th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:35 am 14th June 2021 Profile on The Stack Founder

We hear from Sharmadean Reid, Founder of Beautystack on her thoughts on why women don’t read the news, how to connect readers together and grow women’s economy, and how the media can be a one...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021 The ethical mission of our startups

Solving the climate crisis presents the single biggest opportunity in the last 200 years. But how can a business balance both purpose and profit? Our panel of sustainability-focused...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 14th June 2021 Cannabis & sex: Overcoming barriers to build taboo businesses

Social media has become the golden medium to promote any business. But there are a few hoops to jump through when it comes to promoting businesses that operate on the fringes of society — like...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021 Creators economy: How to build business within your community

In 2019, Discord had at least 250 million people registered, and by 2020 they had 100 million active users each month. We speak to Discord’s CMO and Principal of Index Ventures that invested in...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 14th June 2021 Value added from investors

What else can investors give their founder portfolio companies aside from just capital? Join two VC experts as they discuss maintaining active and appropriate channels of advice and...

7:00 pm - 7:40 pm 14th June 2021 Are we pricing IPOs correctly?

Jay Ritter, Cordell Eminent Scholar, University of Florida and also known as “Mr. IPO” for his work on initial public offerings and Fredrik Cassel, General Partner, Creandum who backed Spotify,...

7:40 pm - 7:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC
9:59 am - 10:04 am 15th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:45 am 15th June 2021 Q-commerce trends leading the way

Consumer macro trends are speeding towards convenience — especially in the food, grocery and delivery industries. With fierce competition popping up in every continent, what kind of business...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021 One year later with our Best Covid-19 Innovation Winners

CogX 2020 Award winners – Haptik, C2-Ai, and – will share what has happened since they won the CogX Awards in June 2020 and what future brings for their teams and the AI...

2:59 pm - 3:04 pm 15th June 2021 MC
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm 15th June 2021 Growing fast, making customers happier

Katie Christian, Head of Customer Success at Calendly and Jonathan Corbin, Global VP of Customer Success at Hubspot will share their experience in building the first customer success team and...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 15th June 2021 Female founders experience

An honest conversation between Prianka, Priya and Tahmima sharing their insights and experience on how women can break up the “paypal buddies” phenomenon and can lead investments, ventures,...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 15th June 2021 New generation of fast investment checks

How can founders get fundraising in days? This session gathers VCs from the UK and the US to discuss fundraising methods like SAFE notes and tapping into the pool of operator angels or...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 15th June 2021 The future workplace: remote, collaborative and design-centric

Spending on ‘pro-sumer’ tools has soared as more people work remotely. Join the CEO of Superhuman and General Partner from Khosla Ventures as they discuss how design will shape the future of the...

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 15th June 2021 Building impactful engineering teams

Claire Delaunay, Vice President of Engineering at Nvidia and Douglas Gresham, Director, Engineering, Skyscanner
will share their insights on how to set up and scale a product-oriented...

7:30 pm - 7:35 pm 15th June 2021 MC
10:29 am - 10:34 am 16th June 2021 MC
10:30 am - 10:55 am 16th June 2021 The Positive Disruptor with Claire Valoti and José Neves

Augmented reality is completely transforming the shopping experience. In this session, Farfetch and Snap discuss the curious evolution of shopping over the next decade, and their shared vision...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021 2021: Is it a year of Deep Tech?

This past year has renewed the industry’s focus on deep tech, but where does its unlocked potential lie in Europe? This session looks at both the exciting opportunities and head-scratching...

1:59 pm - 2:04 pm 16th June 2021 MC
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Tech Nation
How to build an inclusive workplace

Tech Nation is releasing a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) toolkit for founders to help them make their growing businesses more inclusive, looking at the best way to start the dialogue with...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 16th June 2021 Nurturing community safety with Roblox and Yubo

We’ve had very little in-person social connection this past year, which has led to virtual entertainment and online social platforms witnessing an immense spike in popularity. So what...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 16th June 2021 Getting way more girls and women into STEM

How can society work better to support young women entering and succeeding in STEM fields? We hear from our panelists on the gender gap within tech, their own personal challenges and the advice...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 16th June 2021 Managing design teams: From seed to scale

Join seasoned designers from Facebook, Lyft and Opendoor as they discuss the challenges and priorities of different-size design teams, look at the skills that first design-hires should have, and...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 16th June 2021 Using your money to support racial equality

Black founders receive less than 1% of VC funding in the US, and less than 0.24% in the UK. Why does this happen? Is it really a pipeline issue or is it down to the implicitly racist trope that...

6:40 pm - 6:45 pm 16th June 2021 MC

Our Partners

Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

Tech Nation

Content Partner

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 catalyses the 21st century infrastructure that accelerates the entire ecosystem, bringing together a network of purposeful founders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions in order to collaborate in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond.

When we started out in 2010, we dreamt of a tech nation that united the country. We kicked off by shining a spotlight on London’s tech cluster, and then rapidly expanded our reach to join the dots on UK technology, from Belfast to Bangor, Dundee to Derby, Liverpool to Leeds, Sheffield to Sunderland and Newcastle to Norwich.

Our future will extend beyond timezones, territories and technologies. Our ambitions are as big as those of the entrepreneurs we elevate. Our current mission is to unlock the growth potential of 1000 scaling tech leadership teams across the UK by 2022.

We want to contribute to a future in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to succeed as a game-changing leader.

#WeAreTechNation. We fuel growth.

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” The UK startup and investment ecosystem is amazing. If you have questions and need support and have the opportunity to get it — go do it. Put yourself out there. One chat with the right person can take you everywhere.”

— Ella Goldner, Co-Founder of Zinc VC