Locate A Locum only NI firm selected for Tech Nation's Upscale 6.0 programme

  • Locate A Locum is the only Northern Ireland company to be selected for Tech Nation’s upcoming Upscale 6.0 programme. 

    The flagship growth programme focuses on helping the fastest growing mid-stage tech companies in the UK to tackle their key scaling challenges, and in the past has featured businesses like Monzo, Bulb and Depop.

    33 tech firms from across the UK have been chosen for the programme by a panel of tech and scaling experts, which included Cherry Freeman, co-founder of Lovecrafts, Dominic Jacquesson, VP of Talent at Index, and Bloom & Wild co-founder Aron Gelbard.

    The Upscale 6.0 cohort is skewed towards healthtech companies, representing 18% of the total cohort. It reflects how healthtech companies have come to the fore of UK tech, especially in the wake of the pandemic. 

    Belfast-based Locate A Locum is one such firm, enabling temporary healthcare workers and organisations to connect with each other, and allowing them the power to manage their own work life. 

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    The UK is now third in the world for healthtech investment after the US and China, and last year saw a huge increase in early stage investment, from $2.27bn in 2019 to $2.32bn in 2020. 

    Liam Ward, Upscale Programme Lead said: “Despite the events of the last 12 months, we’re seeing some exceptional companies scaling at Series A stage, with healthtech and the future of work being represented particularly strongly.

    "We’re excited to adapt Upscale to support the new challenges that founders are facing around remote work, fundraising and culture; and to work with such an exciting group of leaders.”

    Read more and find the full Upscale 6.0 cohort here

    RELATED: Locate a Locum creates 14 new jobs with £1.3m investment

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