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?
  • 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


Gerard Grech is a technology innovation specialist and futurist, working at the cutting-edge of tech start-ups in London, Paris and New York over 20 years.

A pioneer in digital, Gerard has consistently been at the forefront of the latest consumer and business innovation. He was one of the first tech leaders in the audio, video and apps on mobile wave as well as in helping put London and the UK at the global forefront of technological innovation.

As founding CEO of Tech Nation, he is accelerating the growth of high-growth digital businesses in the UK. His work involves predicting and spotting the next wave of big tech trends—Monzo, Revolut and Deliveroo are just a few of the companies that Tech Nation has helped grow to unicorn status. Tech Nation runs the most successful technology accelerators in Europe. Before Tech Nation, Gerard was Chief Executive of Tech City, Europe’s fastest-growing tech cluster, where companies such as FarFetch and Wise evolved from.

A frequent media commentator (FT, BBC, Sky, Guardian, Bloomberg), Gerard is renowned for his ability to spot the next wave of innovation and business. He is also currently a member of the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council and the World Economic Forum Digital Europe Board as well as a governing board member of the Barbican, Europe’s largest Arts Centre.

An engaging public speaker experienced in presenting topics to global audiences, Gerard also moderates panels and regularly appears in podcasts, TV interviews, news broadcasts and more.

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. The 2020s 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)?

  • What’s the secret sauce that fosters and develops tech unicorns – $1Bn valued businesses – around a geographical cluster?
  • What are the key ingredients that help success?
  • How are ecosystems are born or created, and what can they offer companies? Extreme value creation comes from joining the dots of multiple domains in a company, country or sector.  

Gerard explains what it takes to innovate and scale.

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