These five early-stage Scottish tech firms named among UK's best

Five early-stage Scottish tech companies have been selected for a major competition designed to showcase the best in the UK.

Five early-stage Scottish tech companies have been selected for a major competition designed to showcase the best in the UK. Picture: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

The Tech Nation initiative is now in its third year of running, with Frog Systems, LiberEat, Playerdata, Trickle and Valla chosen as the latest five regional winners for Scotland.

Three of the five are healthtech businesses. Two healthtech firms from Scotland – Talking Medicines from Glasgow and Neatebox from Edinburgh – have grown rapidly since winning the competition.

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The five winners for each region and nation across the UK have been selected by a panel of industry experts, and are regarded as tech leaders within their respective regions. These companies will now compete nationally for the chance to be named as one of Tech Nation’s “10 Rising Stars 3.0”. They will be revealed in February.

The competition provides the opportunity for the best of the nation’s early-stage scale-ups to meet top investors, influencers and corporates.

Esme Caulfield, competitions lead, Tech Nation, said: “Everyone knows that 2020 is a challenging year. We’re honoured that so many companies took the time to apply for Rising Stars 3.0, and are truly excited about the calibre of our regional winners.

“It’s great to see companies from every imaginable sector in the competition, and from every corner of the UK – from Aberdeen to Falmouth and everywhere in between.”

The five Scottish firm are Glasgow-based Frog Systems (healthtech and biotech and life sciences), Aberdeen-based LiberEat (same competition sector), Edinburgh-based Playerdata (same sector), Edinburgh-based Trickle (HR tech) and Edinburgh-based Valla (law tech).

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