Guidance

DCMS International Tech Hub Network

The International Tech Hub Network (ITHN) works to forge innovation partnerships between the UK and international tech sectors, stimulate local digital economies, and build high-end digital skills to drive sustainable jobs and growth.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s International Tech Hub Network (ITHN) works to forge innovation partnerships between the UK and international tech sectors, stimulate local digital economies, and build high-end digital skills to drive sustainable jobs and growth.

The UK government is committed to supporting the UK tech sector to succeed in overseas markets, and to working with partner countries to build thriving digital ecosystems that drive growth and development. The Hubs support the growth of digital inclusion, creating local skilled jobs and generating opportunities for business partnerships.

The UK for tech collaboration

The UK generates more billion-dollar tech businesses and has higher levels of investment than any other European country. In the first seven months of 2019 alone, UK tech companies secured a record £5.5bn in foreign investment - more than the amount invested per capita in the US tech sector in the same period.

The UK is uniquely placed to spearhead digital transformation and to grow and scale tech businesses: we have the skills, location and language, alongside a business friendly environment, strong access to finance and a longstanding reputation for innovation.

Partner countries

Global TechHubs

UK-Israel Tech Hub: info@ukisraelhub.com

UK-South Africa Tech Hub: info@uksatechhub.com

For other Hubs contact: international-tech-hub-network@culture.gov.uk

Case studies

Future Females Business School

UK-South Africa Tech Hub partners with Future Females Business School

Supporting female entrepreneurs and gender inclusion in tech spaces in South Africa.

Developing skills, networks and experiences with tech entrepreneurs in India through Go Global India

Latest news

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13 January 2020

Finalists announced for the International Tech Hub Network’s Female Tech Founders and TeXchange programmes

Two tech programmes get underway in early 2020 developing global networks of entrepreneurs.

5 November 2019

Applications open for Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020

The International Tech Hub Network is today launching Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020.

30 October 2019

UK-South Africa Tech Hub hosts Global EdTech Startup Awards semi-finals

The UK-South Africa Tech Hub, in partnership with the GESAwards, has been searching the country for the most promising EdTech startups.

2 October 2019

UK Tech Hubs: Developer Placement Programme

Applications are now open for UK-based senior technologists working in fintech, healthtech, edtech or creative tech to join the UK South Africa Tech Hub Developer Placement programme.

More news

Network programmes

International Tech Hubs support entrepreneurs to acquire the skills, resources and connections needed to accelerate their startup journey through a year-round calendar of activities and events.

In addition, the network delivers annual programmes which bring together tech innovators from across the world to share innovation, facilitating global partnerships. This includes Go Global and TeXchange.

Go Global

Go Global

Go Global supports startups to improve their business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector, and work with UK expertise to grow their business. Following the programme, participants become Go Global Champions joining a network of global alumni, cascading new ideas to their local ecosystem.

Originally a UK-Israel Tech Hub programme, Go Global has expanded to new regions, reaching tech innovators around the world.

Go Global Africa took place across March and April 2019, bringing together the Hubs in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Go Global India took place throughout October - December, in India followed by the second half of the programme in the UK.

Go Global India

Go Global Middle East will take place in 2020.

TeXchange

TeXchange 2018: Smart Cities participants with the UK Head of the UK-Israel Tech Hub

TeXchange 2018: Smart Cities participants with the UK Head of the UK-Israel Tech Hub

The ITHN has partnered with the UK-Israel Tech Hub on their flagship programme, which supports scale-up technology ventures from across the network to expand into the UK market by exposing British businesses to the world’s brightest innovation.

TeXchange 2020: Healthcare Innovation will take place in February.

Press releases

UK invites Indian healthtech start-ups for TeXchange 2020 18 September 2019

New boost for UK and India’s startup sectors 16 July 2019

African tech talent touches down in London to participate in Go Global Africa programme 25 March 2019

Ambitious new Innovation Partnerships with African countries 29 August 2018

Brazil and South Africa tech hubs launched to drive international growth 13 June 2018

UK and India agree ambitious new tech partnership 18 April 2018

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Supportive partners

Enterprise Academy, Seedcamp, Tech Nation, True and North, Tech Connect, Curvestone, CEW Communications, Public, Bethnal Green Ventures, Emma Zangs, PwC, Bird & Bird, INDUSLAW.

Published 17 December 2019