10 Jan 2022 | 12:05 pm | 1 min. read
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has partnered with Tech Nations’ Rising Stars competition to support innovative early-stage scaleups across the UK.
Now in its fourth year, Rising Stars is an opportunity for emerging tech businesses from all parts of the UK to compete to be named one of ten rising stars - with the winners determined by a panel of judges during the final round.
Pinsent Masons works with a wide-range of clients across the technology sector, acting on domestic and international projects off all shapes and sizes. As a professional services firm with law at its core, the firm is well placed to offer advice across a range of critical areas and will use its expertise to offer training sessions to all Rising Stars 4.0 applicants around seed funding and how to avoid common pitfalls when scaling-up. A member of the firm will also join the judging panel.
Leading the partnership from Pinsent Masons is recently appointed technology transformation partner Ruby Khnom, who has significant experience advising fast-growing technology companies.
Commenting on the partnership Ruby said:
“The pandemic has really highlighted the role that technology companies across the UK play in tackling some of the biggest challenges we face. I’ve been amazed talking with clients and supporting them with their latest solutions to some of the unique problems that have arisen. It is fantastic to partner with Tech Nation on the
Rising Stars competition and to see first-hand the incredible tech talent that we have across the UK. We are looking forward to learning more about the companies involved and to offer our insights and expertise as advisers who work with tech companies every day.”
Esme Caulfield, Tech Nation’s Competitions Lead, said:
“We’re really excited to be working with Pinsent Masons on Rising Stars 4.0, as their expertise in the tech sector and passion for early-stage tech companies makes them the ideal partner for the competition.
“With Tech Nation’s Rising Stars competition now in its fourth year, it’s amazing to see so many inspiring companies innovating to change our world for the better. This year, we reached the milestone of 1000 applications to Rising Stars (and surpassed it). We had a record number of applications this year (380) and we also saw our first applications – and our first Regional Winner – from the spacetech sector (Elestial, from the Midlands) and agritech (Cropsafe, from Northern Ireland).
“From revolutionising modern healthcare and disrupting the finance sector to transforming education and tackling climate change, each of these fast-growing regional early-stage tech companies is helping us improve our economy, society and quality of life. This year’s Regional Winners represent the brightest and the best of UK tech and talent, and I’m excited to see what they do next.”
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