Gerard Grech – Keynote Speaker

Founding Chief Executive of Tech Nation

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Specialist Subjects

  • Future tech and entrepreneurship: What lies Ahead
  • Secrets of the Unicorns
  • Welcome to the next decade; the Entrepreneurial Age
  • Future Growth: How smart policies can power up societies and nations?
  • Leading in the exponential 2020s: building resilience
  • Digital Transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fintech
  • Quantum Computing
  • Digital Economy, business & Society
  • Digital Ecosystem Development
  • Public and Private Sector Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Mobile
  • Future Of Work
  • Startup development & Growth
  • Trends in startups


  • English


As CEO of Tech Nation and former CEO of Tech City, Gerard Grech is one of the UK’s leading futurists. He advises the UK government on tech and digital policies and has done for the last 8 years, with more than 30% of all UK tech unicorns ever created have come through one of the growth programs his organization runs.

Having founded Tech Nation, one of the best-performing technology accelerators in Europe, in 2018, Gerard Grech works with many of the world’s most iconic tech companies. His work involves predicting and actualising the next wave of tech and digital trends. Monzo, Revolut and Deliveroo, are just some of the companies that Tech Nation’s growth programs have led to unicorn status. As well as nurturing 30% of all UK tech unicorns, Tech Nation has helped accelerate over 40% of the UK’s tech decacorns: companies worth over $10 billion.

Prior to Tech Nation, Gerard spent four years as CEO of Tech City, the government-backed organisation focused on accelerating the growth of London and the UK’s tech sector. During this time, he supported over 40,000 fast-growth digital tech companies around the country and worked both with number 10 and the UK’s top digital entrepreneurs to determine policies that would fuel growth and define digital life, addressing, for instance, issues such as privacy and roaming.

Since the birth of Tech City, the UK’s tech industry has grown to become the second-largest recipient in the world of global tech investment, with its ecosystem now being valued at just under $1 trillion. This is over seventeen times its value ten years ago.

Gerard has not only helped shape a multitude of revolutionary tech and digital products, but also the entire ecosystem they sit within. He is uniquely poised to discuss how this ecosystem will evolve and what the future of tech, entrepreneurship, and digital society will look like.

Beyond fuelling entrepreneurship and economic growth, Gerard has worked to solve many of society’s most pressing issues, including climate change, through tech innovation. Tech Nation’s Net Zero Programme, for example, nurtures companies whose products will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially pertient given that 40% of global emission reductions rely on technologies not yet commercially deployed.

In his talks, Gerard Grech reflects on how we can ensure that technology, AI, and digital resources are deployed for the greater good, and how to create policies and environments that fuel innovation and social and economic prosperity.

Before leading Tech City, Gerard had worked in several executive roles in the media, internet and telecoms industries in London, Paris, and New York. His roles have included the Global Director of App and Content Distribution at Nokia, Global Director of Blackberry World Marketing, Executive in residence at NGP Venture Capital Investments, and Head of Music and Video at Orange.

Popular Talks by Gerard Grech

Future tech and entrepreneurship: What lies Ahead

AI and Robotics are just the beginning.
New platforms and transformative technologies are dropping in costs and unleashing new business and consumer demands across sectors and geographies. This next decade will see exponential growth in the adoption of these technologies as they start to converge, creating multiple orders of value creation and sector transformation. Gerard explains what these technologies are and what impact they may have on our future.

Secrets of the Unicorns

What will fuel the future growth of the next Technology Unicorns ($1Bn valued businesses)?

  • The secret sauce that fosters and develops tech unicorns – $1Bn valued businesses – around a geographical cluster?
  • The key ingredients that help success?
  • How ecosystems are created, and what they offer companies?

Gerard explains what it takes to innovate and scale.

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