Unicorn Kingdom: Pathfinder Awards

The UK's Department for Business and Trade (DBT) are launching the department’s first global tech awards, the Unicorn Kingdom: Pathfinder Awards (UKPA), to unearth and showcase the most promising scale up companies in the tech industry. The UK digital tech ecosystem is now valued at US$ 1 trillion; only the third country to pass this milestone after the US and China, offering a great environment for businesses to grow within the industry.

Winners will receive a tailor-made programme in the UK, including meetings with leading industry and government sector specialists and invitations to VIP events and receptions.Tailored support from DBT’s Global Entrepreneur Programme will be on offer, which supports ambitious businesses to scale and grow from a UK global headquarters. Winners will also receive exposure and recognition through promotional activities run by the DBT to accelerate their business' growth.

The UK is on a global hunt for innovative tech scale ups with international growth ambitions

The UK is driven by an enduring spirit of innovation and a unique combination of world-class talent and agile regulation, with a focus on global expansion. This offers the ideal environment to help you achieve your ambitions within the tech industry.


To be eligible for the Unicorn Kingdom: Pathfinder Awards you need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Your business is an established scale up, delivering innovative, technology-led solutions across one of the categories listed below
  • Your product and/or service has international applicability
  • You have not yet established a presence in the UK and are interested in setting up in the UK within the next 2 years.


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Cyber Security
  • Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) technology
  • Digital Trade Solutions

Find out more about each category by clicking the links below.

Applications for 2024 are now closed

Thinking to apply next year? Learn about the application process for the Unicorn Kingdom: Pathfinder Awards below.

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