• Sparkbox

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

"10 winners represent the most exciting and innovative early-stage tech companies in the country"

February was a busy month for Sparkbox, but the highlight for us was the Tech Nation Rising Stars Grand Final where we were named one of the most promising early-stage tech startups in the UK!

Rising Stars is an annual competition and this year's finalists included incredible startups working across sectors including fintech, tech for good, health tech, and retail tech. We pitched to a panel of judges that included Adam Kamani, Co-Founder of PrettyLittleThing, Amali de Alwis, MD at Microsoft for Startups UK, Ed Prior, Tech Investment Banker at GP Bullhound, Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK, Denise Xifara, Co-Founder of GMG Ventures and Michael Stothard, Editor at Sifted.

In our pitch, we spoke about the opportunity price optimisation presents for retailers, how we're solving the problem with machine learning, and some of the great results we've delivered for our fast fashion clients.

We’re thrilled to be among this impressive group of startups and we’re particularly proud to represent the exciting new technology emerging in the retail sector. Thank you to the judging panel, sponsors, and Tech Nation for your support. Congratulations to all finalists!

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

We're one of 20 startups selected to pitch in the final at Tech Nation's annual Rising Stars competition.

Sparkbox is thrilled to be a finalist in one of the UK's widest reaching and most exciting startup competitions. Rising Stars is a competition designed to find and showcase "the best early-stage tech companies from all areas of the country".

In our pitch at the semi-final in January, we spoke about how retailers can improve profitability quickly by optimising their pricing and how Sparkbox uses machine learning to help. We shared some results from our work in the fast fashion sector across Europe and our plans for growth in 2020.

Thank you to Tech Nation and the semi-final judges for your support of our team and our mission to help retailers make data-driven decisions! We are particularly excited to be considered among an impressive group of companies that are innovating in a wide range of sectors and we wish everyone the best of luck in the final.



We have been named one of the UK's top early-stage tech companies!

The Sparkbox Team is thrilled to have been named a semi-finalist in Tech Nation's annual "Rising Stars" startup competition. Rising Stars is a national competition, hosted by UK government-funded Tech Nation, that is "designed to help the most exciting early-stage tech companies take their business to the next level".

Sparkbox was selected as one of 33 semi-finalists by a panel of tech industry experts, which included experienced founders and investors. In our application, we focused on the challenges retailers face with pricing and how Sparkbox can help quickly and inexpensively. We highlighted our team's experience in this domain, and our traction over the past 12 months.

Sparkbox will represent the South East region at the semi-final event in January. Elizabeth Coarse, Tech Nation's Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for the South East Region said:

"Rising Stars is such a unique opportunity for ambitious tech entrepreneurs to showcase their companies on a national stage and I am excited to follow 3 fantastic early-stage ventures [representing the South East region] as they gain traction and scale."

Thank you Tech Nation for your support of our product, our team, and our mission to help retailers make data-driven decisions!