Having been named the UKs leading smart city in 2017, Bristol’s tech industry is booming. With its engineering heritage, Bristol is vibrant and productive, with more than 10,000 tech companies in an exciting mix of sectors including Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, Fintech and Aerospace engineering. The tech sector is supported by  ecosystem builders including The Engine Shed (tech incubator), The SETsquared Partners (Programmes/Investment) and the Oracle StartUp Cloud Accelerator, that are all partly responsible for the thriving tech scene.

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The Numbers in South West

£2.44 bn Digital Tech Turnover
13,465 Digital tech business count
78,000 Employment in digital tech
£87,000 Digital tech productivity per worker
Source: Source: Tech Nation Tech Report - 2019

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Companies from Bristol

Bristol is home to many global tech companies, scaleups and startups. The presence of some of the UKs largest tech companies has for a long time attracted many startups. Aviva, Hargreaves and Lansdown, Lloyds and Just Eat all having offices in the city and Bristol tech companies Ultrahaptics, Ovo Energy, Immersive Labs and Graphcore, have proven that building a successful tech company in Bristol is possible. Tech companies to look out for are FiveAI, GapSquare, Elvie, Open Bionics, BluWireless Technology, Reach Robotics, Zeetta Networks and YellowDog.

Recent Acquisitions

  • Ziylo acquired by Novo
  • intY acquired by Scansource
  • Applicable Limited acquired by Arkadin SAS
  • Sanderson Group acquired Aptean
  • Creditcall acquired by NMI
  • Ultrahaptics acquired Leap Motion – £23.8 m
  • The MJR group acquired by TEG
  • SecondSync acquired by Twitter
  • Seccl acquired by Octopus Group
  • ApPSU acquired by CSI Group

Ecosystem Builders in Bristol

Investment Community

  • Accelerated Digital Ventures
  • Business Growth Fund
  • Bristol Private Equity Club
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • UK Business Angels
  • Maven Capital Partners
  • Wyvern Fund
  • Code Investing – Debt Financing
  • West of Englanf Growth Hub
  • South West investment Growth Fund

Key Events

  • Bristol Tech Festival
  • Bristech
  • Gentech
  • Bath Digital Festival
  • Go:Tech Awards

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