Arrive at Heathrow. Turn left. Welcome to the Thames Valley.

It's no wonder the Thames Valley is home to the highest concentration of foreign-owned digital tech companies in the UK. Having Heathrow on its doorstep and being less frenetic than London, it's been attracting corporate giants like Oracle and Microsoft for the last 30 years because it's a great place to live and bring up your family.  It has excellent state and private schools - in fact, Reading has the highest proportion of school pupils going on to Oxford or Cambridge University, and it also has its own a world-class University of Reading.

A superfast and frequent train service whizzes you into London Paddington in just 22 minutes... by the way that's quicker than most tube lines from the inner suburbs!  The new Elizabeth Line will make the cross-London journey even better for those that work in the City and beyond.

Growth Business have said that in 2019, The Data City conducted a census of technology companies and found Reading was the third best tech hub for businesses in the UK after London and Manchester. In addition to this, they have also stated that the University of Reading have also been instrumental in encouraging tech companies and startups, most recently supporting the establishment of the Thames Valley Science Park in 2018. 




What's Going On...

R.U.Hacking? 2021 online hackathon!

26th -27th June 2021

R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) proudly present our third annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

If you'd like to find out more about the event, get in touch with us at!


applied ai

Applied AI is Tech Nation’s first growth programme for Artificial Intelligence to help the UK’s most promising founders who are applying AI in practical areas and creating real-world impact. The programme is based on peer-to-peer support and the shared experience of later-stage founders, all curated under the values of honesty, intimacy and trust.

Now in its third year, Applied AI is looking for yet another cohort to support. It’s free to join and we don’t take an equity stake in your business.

Applications close at 4 pm on 30 June 2021.

Apply here.

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2021/22 competition, that aims to get more women with excellent ideas innovating within UK businesses, will open this Summer. 

On the 17th of August, the KTN will be hosting a briefing event that will focus on providing information about the awards, eligibility criteria, the application process, and timeline.  

Subscribe here to the Women In Innovation newsletter for competition updates.