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What is the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme?

It’s a government-backed initiative we're running to help UK tech firms grow in the Asia Pacific region, derisking and accelerating the growth of the sector.

If you are a technology startup or scaleup, are headquartered in the UK, and are keen to explore opportunities in APAC, look no further. 

"Intralink have significantly reduced the entry barriers to Japan by helping us reach traditional players , alongside influencer agencies and content creators."

Vishal Kumar, CEO, Alice Camera

What support is available?

From in-country Business Development Initiatives and fundraising support to pitch events, we will help you identify the programme and target market that align with your goals.


The UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme spans 11 countries: Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Home to a combined population of 820 million, the region is at the forefront of new global trade arrangements, such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which the UK officially joined in March 2023. Standing out in terms of its rapid adoption of technology over many decades, the APAC region offers unlimited growth potential to UK tech companies.

Upcoming Events

Pitch event – healthtech

Theme: reimagining traditional insurance models

Partner: Dai-Ichi Life – Japanese insurance giant

Prize: High-value tech & commercial discussions (PoC, R&D venture, etc.)

Dai-Ichi Life is a major Japanese insurer with an established presence in the UK healthtech and insurtech ecosystem and a history of working with innovation UK firms in the sector, investing £75m in the startup YuLife in 2022. 

For this contest, Dai-ichi Life wishes to identify and work with unique technologies that can help it reimagine traditional insurance models, with the aim of extending life expectancy and improving quality of life (QOL) for its customers.

Date: Monday 25th September 2023 / 10:00 – 12:00PM BST

Location: Royal Society, London

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Your first steps into APAC: an interactive case study session

Your first steps into APAC: an interactive case study session

This beginner workshop will take you through the key decision-making junctures when picking the right time and place to approach customers and partners APAC.

We'll also put what we learn into practice by analysing real-life case studies of what others did – and why – in similar situations.

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2023 / 10:00 – 11:00AM BST

Past Events

London Tech Week 2023

London Tech Week is a yearly global celebration of tech, uniting the most innovative thinkers and talent of tomorrow in a week-long festival.

This year, there was an increased focus on the APAC region and we hosted a series of events to connect UK startups with investors and partners from Asia Pacific.

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Pitch event with Aioi Nissay

Japan's largest automotive insurer met with eight leading sustainability and wellness entrepreneurs to develop new offerings to mitigate the adverse impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

Date: 12.06.2023

Location: Royal Society, London

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"The team’s connections and market knowledge are opening doors to financial institutions we’d have struggled to engage.”

Gareth Lewis, CEO, Delio

Delivery Partners

The UK APAC Tech Growth Programme is being delivered in partnership with Foley and Orissa International. 

Orissa International

Orissa International provides consulting services to companies seeking to expand in Southeast Asia. Established in 1997, it is headquartered in Singapore with 32 employees across offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Orissa has extensive knowledge of many industry sectors and a network of thousands of contacts including end users, distributors, resellers, system integrators, expert advisors and manufacturers – built through helping more than 3,000 companies with their market expansion into Southeast Asia over the last 25 years.

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Established in Sydney in 2002, Foley has 14 full-time employees. It is a bespoke international business advisory consultancy offering international trade and investment services to organisations looking to do business in Australia and New Zealand.

Government clients include Invest Northern Ireland, the West Midlands Growth Company, Switzerland Global Enterprise, Business Finland and the US states of Maryland, Michigan and Ohio.

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Previous Participants

Ecosystem Partners

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If you're interested in taking part in any of our programmes, please get in touch.

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