Top Influencers: 101 UK Co Founder’s To Follow in 2022

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Co Founder & CEO play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co Founder & CEO role. We have selected these Co Founder & CEO’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co Founder & CEO’s. The list is in no particular order!

Abakar Saidov

Co Founder & CEO @ Beamery

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Beamery is a talent acquisition, engagement, and retention platform that manages sourcing, hiring, and retaining of people. Read more aboutBeamery on Crunchbase…

Benjamin Todd

CEO, Co Founder & Executive Director @ 80,000 Hours

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In under three years with Ben’s leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the Chairman to donate £60,000 to 80,000 Hours. Learn more about Benjamin Todd on Crunchbase…

80,000 Hours is an evidence-based advice on careers that make a difference. Read more about80,000 Hours on Crunchbase…

Daniel McPherson

Co Founder @ Logical Glue

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Daniel McPherson has founded and successfully exited several companies in the UK and US. He has made about 20 investments and is now also focused on incubating startups. Together with Tom Singh (founder of the New Look chain) Daniel has founded the Launch a start up launch pad, which is building some great companies. Learn more about Daniel McPherson on Crunchbase…

Logical Glue is a software company that creates products to analyze data for a business to predict profitable outcomes for a business. Read more aboutLogical Glue on Crunchbase…

Jason Goodman

Co Founder & CEO @ Eastnine

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Jason is a Venture Partner at LocalGlobe and non Executive Director at Cleo AI. Jason was previously an Executive in Residence at Atomico throughout 2016 focused on sourcing new investments and working with portfolio companies scale their businesses. Jason founded Albion in 2002 and as CEO built it to be one of Europe’s hottest creative agencies for early stage technology brands. He sold Albion to MDC in 2014 and left Albion in Jan 2017. He previously founded Omnicom-owned interactive marketing business Tribal DDB. His work at Albion led him to develop product, brand and growth strategies for Skype, eBay, King, Betfair, Zoopla and many other businesses in the European tech scene. He was interim CMO at both Skype and Betfair during their early growth. Jason is a serial supporter of startups and is heavily involved in London’s Tech City. He has been an Angel investor in Soluto, Brainient, Chemist Direct, Abesmarket, Uniplaces, Kano, Farmdrop, MedX, Plum, Tide and Cleo. Learn more about Jason Goodman on Crunchbase…

Eastnine are on a mission to banish the ‘not today’ from daily fitness. Read more aboutEastnine on Crunchbase…

Elio Leoni Sceti

Co founder & Chief Crafter @ The Craftory

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Elio is cofounder and chief crafter of The Craftory. He is a board director of AB Inbev (ABI:BB) and of Barry Callebaut (BARN:SW); Chairman of LSG and an active investor and board advisor in early stage technology companies. Elio’s roles in non-profit include being a Trustee and Counsellor at One Young World, (the global forum of future leaders from over 190 countries), and an advisory board member at Room to Read (promoting literacy and gender equality in education in developing world). Elio was CEO of Iglo group (Iglo, Birdseye and Findus) until June 2015, when he led the sale to Nomad Foods. Under Elio’s lead, Iglo launched an industry-wide campaign against Food Waste, as part of the Company’s new CSR agenda. Before then, Elio was global CEO of EMI Music until 2010, after 20+ years in consumer goods, first at Procter & Gamble and later at Reckitt Benckiser, until 2008. Learn more about Elio Leoni Sceti on Crunchbase…

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Daniel Murray

Co Founder @ Grabble

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Dan is Co Founder at Grabble & Mobula, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, & the UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 as well as being part of the Drapers 30 under 30 for fashion and on the advisory board of Retail Week Live. He runs an international community of entrepreneurs called Foundrs comprising 250 founders between London, LA and San Francisco. He also started Funconference, a 65 person weekend away for founders and CEOs where all content is curated and attended by fellow participants. He is also about to launch a podcast called “The Secret Lives of Leaders” in which he interviews the key people in the UK entrepreneurship sector, featuring founders of Just Eat, Photobox, Moonpig,, BBH, & even HRH Prince Andrew. The mobile commerce enthusiast is a keen public speaker on all things mobile and fashion, tweets @murraymuzz and writes a popular blog ( about the lessons he learns growing a team and daily struggles of running a consumer start-up. Learn more about Daniel Murray on Crunchbase…

Grabble is an application that enables its users to discover daily hand-picked fashion. Read more aboutGrabble on Crunchbase…

Charles Nduka

Co Founder and Chief Scientific Officer @ Emteq

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Charles Nduka studied medicine at Oxford University, where he also undertook an undergraduate intercalated degree on Physiological Sciences. He completed his clinical studies for the MB BS degree at St. Mary’s Hospital, in London. He graduated as a doctor in 1994 with a Distinction in Surgery. He was also awarded Honours in Surgery by the University of London. Following his internship he spent 2 years in full-time research with Professor Sir Ara Darzi at Imperial College in the Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology. For his thesis on he was awarded a doctoral degree (MD, Doctor of Medicine) by the University of London. He undertook his surgical training in London teaching Hospitals including the Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals. He completed his specialist training at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He was awarded the Macgregor Gold Medal for his performance in the plastic and reconstructive surgery FRCS examination. Charles has a long track record of R &D and has worked with industrial partners on clinical trials, technology evaluations or as a consultant for 20 years. Previous collaborators include Glaxo-Smithkline, 3DmD, Allergan, ICN, Johnson and Johnson. He has won numerous research awards including from the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research, Innovate UK and the Nominet Trust. He is an internationally recognised specialist in facial muscle disorders and in 2007 established the largest unit treating facial paralysis in the UK at the Queen Victoria Hospital. He has multiple patents pending. In 2013 he identified the potential of wearable sensors for monitoring facial muscle activity and funded the development of prototype sensors and proof of concept technologies. He has taken a sabbatical from his full-time clinical role at Queen Victoria Hospital in order to focus on Emteq and develop further IP and products. Learn more about Charles Nduka on Crunchbase…

The world’s first emotion recognition and analysis platform in smart glasses Read more aboutEmteq on Crunchbase…

Michael Brennan

Co Founder & Non-Executive Director @ BenevolentAI

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Mr. Michael Brennan co-founded BenevolentAI Limited in 2013 and serves as its Head of Corporate Development. Mr. Brennan co-founded Novum Securities in 2006 and served as it Chief Executive Officer. In 2009, Mr. Brennan joined Proximagen Group plc, as Head of Corporate Development, where he was focused on fund raising, corporate transactions and business development. Mr. Brennan has over 14 years of equity capital markets experience in the City focusing on the small and mid cap market. He is a Senior corporate finance executive with over 15 years City based capital markets experience. The majority of his time was spent with Evolution Securities where he served as a Director in their corporate finance department and has significant transactional experience including M&A and takeover work. He has been a Non-Executive Director at Litebulb Group Limited since September 13, 2013. Learn more about Michael Brennan on Crunchbase…

BenevolentAI is a developer of artificial intelligence and computational medicine technologies. Read more aboutBenevolentAI on Crunchbase…

Rodolphe de Hemptinne

Co Founder @ Third Bridge Group

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Rodolphe is Co-Founder of Third Bridge, and CEO of its Intelligence division. He is responsible for executing Third Bridge Intelligence’s strategy and growth plan. Before founding Third Bridge, Rodolphe’s career included consultancy work at Bain & Company in Boston, Johannesburg and London, and five years’ management experience with Shell Corporation in Belgium and the Netherlands. Rodolphe has an MBA from Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. A true polyglot, he is fluent in French, Dutch, English, Spanish and German. He has four children and, quite coincidentally, a passion for climbing mountains in increasingly remote locations. Learn more about Rodolphe de Hemptinne on Crunchbase…

Third Bridge Group is a provider of research services to private equity and hedge funds. Read more aboutThird Bridge Group on Crunchbase…

Sameer Baroova

Co Founder & Chief Product Officer @ FitXR

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A lifelong fan of emerging technologies, Sameer found his flow in the video game industry working on mobile games from their onset, including titles such as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejewelled. Now Sameer uses his design, development, and management skills while building the best workout product on the market. At FitXR, Sameer loves combining immersive technology and AI to create unique personalised experiences that put the fun into fitness. Learn more about Sameer Baroova on Crunchbase…

FitXR, the leading developer of VR/AR fitness apps, is passionately dedicated to making fitness more fun and accessible for everyone. Read more aboutFitXR on Crunchbase…

James Tagg

Co Founder @ The Penrose Institute

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James Tagg British Technology Developer/Writer James Tagg has been awarded a coveted place on the Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Books of 2015 for his book on artificial intelligence. Tagg’s book, Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? Is an accessible examination of the capacity of the human brain vs computers that addresses the key questions of whether computers will ever be smarter than people (the Turing Test) and if the human brain is itself a quantum computer. Tagg is an inventor and entrepreneur. A pioneer of touchscreen technology, he has founded several companies, including Truphone, the world’s first global mobile network. He holds numerous patents, filed in over a hundred countries. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University, Design at Lancaster University and Engineering at Cambridge University. He lives with his family on a farm in Kent, England Learn more about James Tagg on Crunchbase…

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Adrian Melrose

Co Founder & CEO @ Inn Style Ltd

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Adrian is a South African born Chartered Accountant who qualified at Deloitte. He is currently the co-founder, seed-investor and executive chairman of Inn Style Ltd, a startup that provides a cloud based admin and booking solution to owner managed accommodation owners. Learn more about Adrian Melrose on Crunchbase…

Inn Style is an intelligent, easy-to-use property management system for hotels, inns, B&Bs and self-catering properties. Read more aboutInn Style Ltd on Crunchbase…

Takwana Tyaranini

Co Founder @ SENDITOO

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Send airtime to any phone in the world Read more aboutSENDITOO on Crunchbase…

Paweł Sieczkiewicz

Co Founder & CEO @ Telemedi

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Graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, experienced project manager (web/mobile apps), php programmer. Founder of an SSF software house. 2x champion of Poland in kickboxing. Learn more about Paweł Sieczkiewicz on Crunchbase…

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Leigh Carrick-Moore

Co Founder @ PeopleHub

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Leigh Carrick-Moore is Founder of e-Search, a boutique recruitment company that has been building tech teams in Silicon Roundabout for 15 years. e-Search has been responsible for helping one man business grow into post IPO game-ganging organisations. Leigh has personally hired entire Development teams for Skype, Opentable (formerly Toptable), (Salesforce), Lovefilm and Sony. Leigh believes that most recruitment agencies practices are broken. She believes in a open and honest approach to staffing in which team fit is just as important as technical ability and that a recruiter’s task is to pre-vet and not to scattergun CV’s. Paul Harrington, Director of Engineering and ex CTO for Opentable writes ‘She is technically astute and knows the recruitment industry inside out – in both the permanent & contract markets. Her help and advice have been invaluable in my recruitment efforts during that time, understanding my requirements exactly and finding numerous candidates of the absolute top quality for me to choose from – some of the best candidates I’ve ever hired have come through Leigh!’ As well as running e-Search, Leigh is now working her own startup, peoplehub, an HR solution for tech startups. Learn more about Leigh Carrick-Moore on Crunchbase…

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David Moss

Co Founder, CTO @ Blue Prism

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David Moss co-founder and CTO of Blue Prism Limited. David Moss co-founded Blue Prism in 2001 and is the chief software architect behind the Blue Prism software product. Prior to Blue Prism, Dave spent five years working for Lynx Financial Systems as a Senior Software Designer, providing packaged and bespoke solutions to major names in Financial Services such as Barclays Bank, Nationwide Building Society, and Transamerica Commercial Finance. Dave holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Leeds University. Learn more about David Moss on Crunchbase…

Blue Prism is an intelligent robotic process automation company that develops a digital workforce for enterprises. Read more aboutBlue Prism on Crunchbase…

Matt Poll

CEO & Co Founder @ Neos

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Matt is an experienced business leader with a passion for innovation. He has recently founded Neos (, which is an InsureTech business that is focused on delivering smart home protection products and services Prior to this, he spent fifteen years in the Insurance industry working in the UK and US with AXA and RSA. His most recent corporate role was the Commercial Director for More Than (part of the RSA Group) which is one of the largest retail insurance brands in the UK. Whilst at More Than he also created and funded an Innovation Lab focused on combining emerging technology trends (including IoT) with more traditional insurance products to create and deliver customer centric solutions. Matt also has a strong affinity with social enterprise. He is a mentor for the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is an Advisory Board Member for the charity Seechangefilms ( Living just outside London, Matt is married with three young children and is heavily involved in sport in his spare time. Learn more about Matt Poll on Crunchbase…

Neos is an insurance company that provides smart home technology and home insurance. Read more aboutNeos on Crunchbase…

David Brear

Co Founder and CEO @ 11:FS

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David M. Brear is the Co-Founder and CEO at 11:FS. David has been immersed in the technology of financial services for as long as he’s been working and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in Banking, Insurance and Fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies. His CV takes in senior roles at banks, insurers, research and analysis firms and consultancies. He spends his time these days helping banks, insurers, regulators and governments be better and has established 11:FS, along with other industry household names, to become a truly subject matter expert led source of benchmarking, research, advice and investment for banks and FinTech. David also co-hosts every week 11:FS Fintech Insider, the #1 Fintech podcast listened to in over 150 countries. Learn more about David Brear on Crunchbase…

We build digital banks. Digital Banking is Only 1% Finished but we’re there for the 99%. Read more about11:FS on Crunchbase…

Jaime Jorge

Co Founder & CEO @ Codacy

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Co Founder and CEO at Codacy. Learn more about Jaime Jorge on Crunchbase…

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Laurence Bargery

Co Founder & CTO @ AccuRx

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Laurence Bargery is a Co-founder & CTO at accuRx. Learn more about Laurence Bargery on Crunchbase…

AccuRx is on a mission to bring patients and their healthcare teams together. Read more aboutAccuRx on Crunchbase…

Garry Wilson

co founder & Executive Chairman @ Endless LLP

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Garry, one of our Founders, has over 20 years experience in transforming businesses and private equity. He spends his days sourcing new investment opportunities, looking after a few of our portfolio businesses and keeping our investors up to date. Learn more about Garry Wilson on Crunchbase…

Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Adit Trivedi

Co Founder, COO @ Lingumi

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Co-founder & COO of Lingumi who are providing the world’s best teaching service to children all around the world through Technology. Learn more about Adit Trivedi on Crunchbase…

Lingumi is an edtech startup that teaches English to kids aged 2 to 6 using an app and a range of physical products. Read more aboutLingumi on Crunchbase…

Raphael Zier

Co Founder and Executive Chairman @ PerfectStay

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Anthony Venus

Co Founder & CEO @ YayPay

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Anthony is a Fintech entrepreneur who thrives on solving difficult problems with creative ideas. As YayPay’s CEO, he’s typically found listening to customers, strategizing where to take YayPay next and leading our executive team. Learn more about Anthony Venus on Crunchbase…

YayPay is intelligent accounts receivables automation Read more aboutYayPay on Crunchbase…

Olly Thornton-Berry

Co Founder @ Thirdfort

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Oliver Thornton-Berry is the co-founder of Thirdfort. Thirdfort is a proptech startup involving residential property transactions. Together with Jack Bigood, he established the business after learning a friend was defrauded out of GBP 25,000 while buying a flat. Their solution combines escrow with technology to enable property lawyers to outsource payment management to a secure third party bringing transparency, security and efficiency. Learn more about Olly Thornton-Berry on Crunchbase…

Thirdfort is a web and mobile app that combines document scanning, facial recognition technology and Open Banking. Read more aboutThirdfort on Crunchbase…

Rannia Leontaridi

Co Founder and Director @ Crown Hosting Data Centres

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Rannia Leontaridi is the Director for Business Growth at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy since May 2016. Rannia leads the Government’s work to start up, grow and scale productive businesses in the economy. She also focuses on the role that technology plays in creating economic value and disruption in existing sectors as well as the creation of new business and new emerging sectors in the economy. Rannia is the joint Director lead for Artificial Intelligence in government and has been leading recently the AI Sector deal and AI grand Challenge in the Industrial Strategy. She is also the Government’s senior sponsor for the British Business Bank and “Be the Business”, the new organisation created by the Productivity Leadership Group, chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield. Rannia began life as an entrepreneur and later went on to be an Assistant Professor in Economics. She is a Carnegie Scholar and holds a PhD in Labour Market Economics. She began her career in the civil service in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office and has held senior positions in the University sector, Cabinet Office and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Rannia is a co-founder and sits on the board of Crown Hosting Services, a start-up and joint venture between Government and Ark Data centres, set up to deliver hosting services for legacy public sector infrastructure. In February 2016 Rannia received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public service. Learn more about Rannia Leontaridi on Crunchbase…

Crown Hosting Data Centres helps in delivering efficiency and transparency of data centre hosting utilisation. Read more aboutCrown Hosting Data Centres on Crunchbase…

Jon Coleman

Co Founder @ Wonde

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Wonde provides third party applications access to secure school data. Read more aboutWonde on Crunchbase…

Oluwaseyi Sosanya

Co Founder and CEO @ Gravity Sketch

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Gravity Sketch is a VR-based design and collaboration platform that allows distributed teams to create, share, and build in 3D. Read more aboutGravity Sketch on Crunchbase…

Kev Dhaliwal

Co Founder @ Edinburgh Molecular Imaging

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Dr Dhaliwal trained as an MRC Clinical Training Fellow working in both Professors Haslett and Bradley’s groups, and was responsible for catalyzing the interaction between the two groups. He has significant experience of animal models and human experimental clinical trials. He has established direct links to all of the current OMI providers of hardware and reagents and also Pharma. He currently is a member of the SAB for Mauna Kea and is also one of two UK clinicians on the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team. He is the Chief Investigator on the group’s clinical trials and has forged links with the MHRA, technology consultancies and international networks in optical imaging. Learn more about Kev Dhaliwal on Crunchbase…

Edinburgh Molecular Imaging is a developer of optical molecular imaging technology. Read more aboutEdinburgh Molecular Imaging on Crunchbase…

Maxim Saini

CEO & Co Founder @ Helplama

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Read more aboutHelplama on Crunchbase…

Allan Gray

CEO & Co Founder @ Cosmient

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Venture Builders: We source ideas, usually in-house or from our trusted network and turn them into businesses Read more aboutCosmient on Crunchbase…

Jorge Armanet

CEO & Co Founder @ HealthUnlocked

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Technology and Media Entrepreneur In 2000 he founded Plataforma Publico, an open source media lab that promotes cultural creativity and ideas; in 2002 he founded the popular network and magazine Hecho en Chile – a Chilean ‘Big Issue’ and support network for low-income students; in 2007 he founded DO TANK, a technology lab building functional prototypes for the private sector to test and scale new web business models; and in 2009 he co-founded HealthUnlocked, the social health platform. He holds degrees in Engineering, Economics, Arts and Business from the Catholic University of Chile, Goldsmiths College, and Cambridge University. He held academic scholarships from the British Chevening, the Shell Centenary Fund, the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the Jesus College Foundation. Based in London, UK, he is now full time and permanently dedicated to HealthUnlocked. Learn more about Jorge Armanet on Crunchbase…

HealthUnlocked is a social network for health. Read more aboutHealthUnlocked on Crunchbase…

Andy Nunn

Co Founder @ Buzzbike

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Andy’s the biggest cycling nut among the founders. After a decade in corporate strategy, he’s following his passion by helping Buzzbike give more Londoners the chance to cycle around town. Learn more about Andy Nunn on Crunchbase…

Buzzbike is launching a tech-driven cycle scheme for London, creating a new sponsorship platform for brands. Read more aboutBuzzbike on Crunchbase…

Wesley Rashid

CEO and Co Founder @ Accountancy Cloud

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Accountancy Cloud provides the best full finance stack for startups. Read more aboutAccountancy Cloud on Crunchbase…

Yervand Sarkisyan

Co Founder & Partner @ Granatus Ventures

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Yervand is an investor in AI and deep tech ventures in Europe and globally. He is based in London, UK. He is a co-founder and partner at Granatus Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in deep tech startups. Learn more about Yervand Sarkisyan on Crunchbase…

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Jeremy Longley

CTO & Co Founder @ FunFair Technologies

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Serdar Senay

Co Founder @ Redfoot

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CTO and Co Founder at various startups Learn more about Serdar Senay on Crunchbase…

Affordable, Transparent Own-Shore Software Development Teams Read more aboutRedfoot on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Siao

Co Founder @ Marvel

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After graduating from Queen Mary’s University with a degree in Computer Science; Jon worked at Mfuse,Nokia and Badoo before starting his own iPhone development agency and then more recently teaming up with Carl. When not managing his team of highly skilled developers, Jon spends his spare time hacking Cat based iphone apps Learn more about Jonathan Siao on Crunchbase…

Marvel puts the power of design in everyone’s hands. Read more aboutMarvel on Crunchbase…

Darren Forshaw

Senior Partner/co founder @ Endless LLP

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Darren, our co-founder and Partner, splits his time across all of the Endless offices. Having seen the business grow from the very beginning, he’s a key team member and big believer in the Endless way of doing things. MORE ABOUT DARREN He’s been at the helm throughout history, seen thousands of jobs saved and been instrumental in raising our funds now nearing a total of £1billion. Leading from the top, Darren keeps the team motivated. And he’s as determined to make businesses succeed now, as he was the day he first walked through the door. “I love it when we continually surprise people, be it with a quick transaction that flies in the face of all expectations, we invest into a tough turnaround and sort it out or we do a buyout with partners people don’t expect. It’s in our DNA that we keep pushing the edges of what we do and keep pushing ourselves.” Outside of work, father of three Darren goes out as often as he can in his pride and joy, a Volkswagen T5 campervan, and refers to himself as a “slow and steady runner”, which isn’t a world apart from the performances of his favourite football club, Liverpool. Learn more about Darren Forshaw on Crunchbase…

Endless is an investor that specializes in supporting management buyouts, acquisition of non-core businesses, and turnaround investments. Read more aboutEndless LLP on Crunchbase…

Irmo Holslag

Co Founder and Partner @ Bregal Freshstream

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Irmo is a Director of the firm. Previously he was an entrepreneur and business owner, having owned and operated a health food restaurant business based in New York. Prior to that, Irmo was a Principal at TowerBrook where he worked from 2008 to 2013. Prior to TowerBrook, Irmo worked at JP Morgan. Irmo received his MSc in Business Economics (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. Learn more about Irmo Holslag on Crunchbase…

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Indy Johar

Co Founder & Executive Director @ Dark Matter Labs

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Indy is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab, was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment, and the future of governance. Learn more about Indy Johar on Crunchbase…

Dark Matter Laboratories design institutional infrastructure for a distributed and collaborative future. Read more aboutDark Matter Labs on Crunchbase…

Andy Taylor

Co Founder & CEO @ Little Dot Studios

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Andy Taylor has held several senior positions in media and has been a pioneer in online video. In 2000, he was MD of Victoria Real during the launch of Big Brother when online live streaming from the Big Brother house changed television forever. In 2004, he became Managing Director of Digital at Channel 4. Learn more about Andy Taylor on Crunchbase…

Little Dot Studios is one of the fastest growing next-generation media companies. Read more aboutLittle Dot Studios on Crunchbase…

Glyn Powditch

CTO & Co Founder @ Dream AI Ltd T/A Dream Agility

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Multi-award winning, AI company with proprietary Visual AI and Machine Learning, specialising in Retail Read more aboutDream AI Ltd T/A Dream Agility on Crunchbase…

Stuart Jeffrey

Executive Director and Co Founder @ Fly Now Pay Later

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Stuart Jeffrey is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Fly Now Pay Later. Learn more about Stuart Jeffrey on Crunchbase…

Fly Now Pay Later is a fintech company that helps consumers split the cost of their travel in monthly installments. Read more aboutFly Now Pay Later on Crunchbase…

Ian Thomas

Co Founder @ LendInvest

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A qualified chartered surveyor, Ian has many years’ experience of property valuation, mixed-use development and investment acquisitions in both the UK and abroad, previously holding senior positions at Ballymore and SEGRO. In 2013, Ian co-founded LendInvest with Christian, spinning it out of their previous business, Montello.Ian oversees all investment strategy and decision-making at LendInvest. He is a regular speaker at property industry events, a member of the MIPIM ProTech Advisory Committee and an active investor in several PropTech startups. Learn more about Ian Thomas on Crunchbase…

LendInvest is the leading marketplace platform for property finance. Read more aboutLendInvest on Crunchbase…

Krishan Meetoo

Co Founder & Chief Design Officer @ Construct

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Construct helps organizations with learners, like schools and employers, create beautiful, cutting edge digital learning experiences. Read more aboutConstruct on Crunchbase…

Shanshan Xu

Co Founder @ Mucho

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A passionate entrepreneur. Experienced in Marketing, HR & Finance. Learn more about Shanshan Xu on Crunchbase…

Mucho is a platform that brings together brands, retailers and content providers that share this passion. Read more aboutMucho on Crunchbase…

Ferdinando Randisi

Co Founder & CTO @ FabricNano

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FabricNano is a cell-free biomanufacturing company that develops a DNA-based flow reactor to unlock the future of biochemistry. Read more aboutFabricNano on Crunchbase…

Michael Edwards

Managing Partner & Co Founder @ Inspire Group Investments

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Michael Edwards is Managing Partner & Co Founder of Inspire Group Investments. Learn more about Michael Edwards on Crunchbase…

The Inspire Group is an integrated internet group of companies that prides itself in being there from the beginning. Read more aboutInspire Group Investments on Crunchbase…

Adam Ludwin

Chief Visionary Officer/Co Founder @ Captify

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Captify offers a search retargeting service that enables advertisers to focus on users to match their desired audience with inventory. Read more aboutCaptify on Crunchbase…

Jack Pursey

Co Founder & Product Manager @ SafeToNet

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Jack is a recent Marketing, Advertising and Communications graduate from the University of Gloucestershire. Already an entrepreneur, Jack founded the award winning business Seen Clothing in 2012. Jack is our product manager and works closely with the design and development teams. He also likes Nando’s and long walks on the beach. Learn more about Jack Pursey on Crunchbase…

SafeToNet makes the digital world safer for children to explore and enjoy. Read more aboutSafeToNet on Crunchbase…

Archie Campbell

Co Founder @ Vidsy

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Vidsy is the creative technology engine powering mobile video ad creation for brands. Read more aboutVidsy on Crunchbase…

Eddie Holmes

Co Founder @ Unissu

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Eddie has a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur in the property and PropTech sectors, bringing together business, property services and technology expertise in one skill set. Having brought unrivalled levels of transparency to the conveyancing industry using technology he then joined Spire Ventures, where he acted as Investment Director. In this role, Eddie was instrumental in the investment in HubbleHQ and a key part of the creation of PiLabs, Europe’s first property focused accelerator. As an independent consultant, Eddie has advised a range of listed and private property companies on digital transformation. Through these experiences and in his role as Chairman of the UK PropTech Association, Eddie has an unparalleled perspective of the challenges and opportunities facing property and PropTech businesses. Learn more about Eddie Holmes on Crunchbase…

Unissu provides proptech data, content and research services. Read more aboutUnissu on Crunchbase…

Vincent Hus

Co Founder, CTO @ Flymble

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Flymble is a next generation travel platform that offers instant travel financing. Book flights for just 1/10th upfront and spread the cost. Read more aboutFlymble on Crunchbase…

Marcelo Bravo

Co Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ OxVax

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Marcelo Bravo Chief Executive Officer at OxVax Ltd. Learn more about Marcelo Bravo on Crunchbase…

OxVax focused on the development of an advanced next-generation dendritic cell vaccine platform for the treatment of solid tumor cancers. Read more aboutOxVax on Crunchbase…

Andrew Wallace

Co Founder @ SatSense

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Andrew has a successful commercial and general management record developing and launching new technologies and services. He has worked mainly in electronics, sensors and telecoms, focusing on product management and strategic business development. He has lived in 3 continents and speaks three languages. Learn more about Andrew Wallace on Crunchbase…

SatSense is a spin-out company using software to detect the deterioration of building foundations. Read more aboutSatSense on Crunchbase…

Jamie Potter

CEO & Co Founder @ Flexciton

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Jamie has led several projects with industrial clients across industrial sectors for clients including National Grid and RWE. Jamie graduated top of his year in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Oxford. Recently, Jamie was added to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Learn more about Jamie Potter on Crunchbase…

Flexciton is an optimisation technology company solving complex scheduling problems in semiconductor wafer fabrication Read more aboutFlexciton on Crunchbase…

George Dunning

CTO & Co Founder @ Bud

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Bud is a financial network combining APIs & data to create a new species of connected experiences. Read more aboutBud on Crunchbase…

David Reeves

Co Founder @ e.fundamentals

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Former CEO of Sony EMEA and Board member with multi-national high tech and FMCG blue chip companies including RJR Nabisco (USA), Mitsubishi (Japan) and Keywords Intl. plc. And if that wasn’t enough, he was also a former rocket scientist on the Apollo project at NASA. Learn more about David Reeves on Crunchbase…

Global Digital Shelf Analytics for CPG data, expertise & category growth online. Read more aboute.fundamentals on Crunchbase…

Aidan Neill

Co Founder & CEO @ BitPoster

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BitPoster is a marketplace for programmatic trading of outdoor media. Read more aboutBitPoster on Crunchbase…

Nicky Garcea

Co Founder, Chief Customer Officer, Chartered Psychologist @ Capp

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Nicky Garcea is a Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at Cappfinity. She is an accredited industrial psychologist. Nicky works with Cappfinity clients globally and heads up the Americas. Nicky has over 20 years’ experience working with global. She is a pioneer in recruiting and developing for strengths and the recruitment and promotion of unrepresented talent. Nicky is a regular keynote speaker on candidate experience and immersive recruitment technology. Learn more about Nicky Garcea on Crunchbase…

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Tim Venison

Co Founder @ Spotlight Data

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Spotlight Data – Strategic KM Ltd. Is an artificial intelligence data company working the UK Government and multi nationals Read more aboutSpotlight Data on Crunchbase…

Igor Svehla

Co Founder & CEO @ Trakbar

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Igor Svehla is the Founder at Trakbar . Learn more about Igor Svehla on Crunchbase…

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Kim Thesiger

Co Founder and Group Director for Asia Pacific @ TVT

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Building digital tools for the Entertainment industry Read more aboutTVT on Crunchbase…

Irina Albita

Co Founder @ FilmChain

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Irina has founded several startups and mentored for accelerator programmes in the areas of education, retail and film. She is a guest speaker on the blockchain subject at tech conferences and major film festivals. She has a background in computer science, management and governance and is a Masters graduate from London School of Economics. Irina has recently spoke at the IBM Blockchain in New York alongside ConsenSys and is now working on her newest project FilmChain with childhood friend Maria Tanjala. Learn more about Irina Albita on Crunchbase…

FilmChain is the fintech infrastructure modernising payments in film and TV, and operating a royalties management for enterprises. Read more aboutFilmChain on Crunchbase…

Rishi Chowdhury

Co Founder @ Incube

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Incube specializes in the fields of commercial real estate, proptech, and smart buildings. Read more aboutIncube on Crunchbase…

Patrick Bergel

Co Founder @ Chirp

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Making things sing. Research Associate at UCL, Founder + Partner @animalsystems, Lord Creator @chirp_io. Looking forward to meeting you. Learn more about Patrick Bergel on Crunchbase…

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Roger Beadle

CEO & Co founder @ Limitless

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The Limitless GigCX platform enables businesses to connect customers with qualified experts to solve customer service enquiries on-demand. Read more aboutLimitless on Crunchbase…

Ben Smith

Co Founder, Partner & CTO @ InReach Ventures

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Ben Smith is a Co-Founder and Technology Partner at InReach Ventures. He is a former UK Engineering Director at Yammer / Microsoft. Prior to that, Ben Smith served as the Head of Technology at Top10 and Chief Technology Officer at MetaBroadcast. He is building a technology platform to transform traditional Venture Capital. Learn more about Ben Smith on Crunchbase…

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Matti Fruhman

Co Founder & CEO @ Azooki

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Azooki helps you book & discover amazing things to do in South East Asia’s most enchanting destinations Read more aboutAzooki on Crunchbase…

Chris Dawson

Co Founder @ One Utility Bill

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One Utility Bill offers a simple way to pay anyone’s bills. Read more aboutOne Utility Bill on Crunchbase…

Sami Eid

COO & Co Founder @

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Homie is a tech startup that helps Londoners find great homes to rent. Read more on Crunchbase…

Brian Souter

Co Founder @ Souter Investments

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Sir Brian Souter is co-founder and Chairman of Stagecoach plc, having retired as Chief Executive in May 2013. Whilst he does not sit with the Souter Investments team in Edinburgh, Sir Brian is active in all investment decision making processes and sits on the boards of our European bus operators ( and and New Zealand transport group (InMotion). Sir Brian is currently the Vice-President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Learn more about Brian Souter on Crunchbase…

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Alex Crocombe

Co Founder, Chief Financial Officer @ Goji Investments

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Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for an FCA regulated private asset investment platform. Qualified accountant with a background in fintech M&A and strategic advisory. Learn more about Alex Crocombe on Crunchbase…

Investment platform providing access to regulated investment products from across the direct lending sector Read more aboutGoji Investments on Crunchbase…

Lee Carus

Art Director and Co Founder @ FireSprite

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FireSprite is a video game development studio. Read more aboutFireSprite on Crunchbase…

Andy Heald

Co Founder @ Gen Community

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Andy has 12 years private wealth-management experience – FSA registered. In 2009 he set up Cornwall Renewables, Energy and Management (CREAM) installing and advising on wind and solar PV projects for private and commercial clients. Andy holds an MSc Energy, Environmental Technology & Economics (Merit) from City University, London, a Securities Diploma and a BA Hons Political Theory & Economics (1993). He teaches kite – surfing and organises a monthly beach clean on Fistral beach, Cornwall. Learn more about Andy Heald on Crunchbase…

Gen Community invest in green ethical low carbon projects with positive social impact, and fair returns for investors. Read more aboutGen Community on Crunchbase…

Neal L Millar

Co Founder & CMO @ Causeway Therapeutics

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Neal is an Academic Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in shoulder surgery having completed fellowships in Sydney and New York and is an expert in human tendinopathy. Learn more about Neal L Millar on Crunchbase…

A bio pharmaceutical spin out emerging. Read more aboutCauseway Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Chris Donegan

Co Founder @ Invention Capital Associates

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Read more aboutInvention Capital Associates on Crunchbase…

Vorapat Pruecksamars

Co Founder @ HomeHapp

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HomeHapp is a real estate property platform that leverages the power of social media and storytelling to transform how homes are presented. Read more aboutHomeHapp on Crunchbase…

Oliver Hopton

Co Founder & Developer @ FunFair Technologies

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Stephen Norton

Co Founder @ Daedalus Partners

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Stephen co-founded Daedalus in 2011. He is responsible for origination and financial evaluation of new investment opportunities. Stephen is currently responsible for Daedalus’ fund investments in the Telecoms, Bandwidth, Real Estate and Restaurants sectors. Prior to forming Daedalus, Stephen was the Chief Operating Officer of a leading alternative investment firm. He has also worked as the Head of Finance at FilmFour and held a number of senior posts at Channel 4 Television. Stephen is a qualified chartered accountant and holds an MBA from CASS Business School and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment. He graduated from Durham University in 1990. Learn more about Stephen Norton on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutDaedalus Partners on Crunchbase…

Derek Gilchrist

Co Founder & CEO @ Causeway Therapeutics

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Derek is a principal investigator at the University of Glasgow and leads the scientific and technical development of TenoMiR™. Learn more about Derek Gilchrist on Crunchbase…

A bio pharmaceutical spin out emerging. Read more aboutCauseway Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Craig Peterson

Co Founder & Chief Operating Officer @ Growth Capital Ventures

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Growth Capital Ventures is a technology led financial services business. Read more aboutGrowth Capital Ventures on Crunchbase…

Upkar Shishodia

Co Founder @ Gift on the go

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Marwan Field

Co Founder @ Skrap

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Marwan Field is the co-founder of Skrap. Learn more about Marwan Field on Crunchbase…

Construction hire, made simple. Order waste services, bulky materials, and plant hire – anytime, anywhere. Read more aboutSkrap on Crunchbase…

Roee Lahav

Co founder @ OUT OF X

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Co founder, Product and Marketing. The secret ingredient, Roee is the one who maintains the balance between the two extremes: creative and business. He’s an engineer with an information system and large scale project management background. He is our sailor, seeing the full image, viewing the horizon and directing us to that wonderful place we imagine becoming our reality! Learn more about Roee Lahav on Crunchbase…

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Peter Mildon

COO & Co Founder @ Vivacity Labs

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Peter is responsible for the commercial delivery of Vivacity. After graduating from Cambridge University, Peter joined a leading systems engineering consultancy, leading projects across the oil, civil nuclear, and renewables industries. With substantial process-driven experience under his belt, Peter leads operations at Vivacity, ensuring we deliver on time and to specification, every time. Learn more about Peter Mildon on Crunchbase…

Vivacity Labs makes intelligent cameras to gather transport data, using the latest machine learning & computer vision techniques. Read more aboutVivacity Labs on Crunchbase…

Gemma Milne

Co Founder @ Science Disrupt

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Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Writer covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian, and Quartz. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs creating change in science. As a deep tech consultant, she is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, and a Scout for Backed VC. Gemma is an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she is currently writing her first book on hype and idealism in science and tech. Learn more about Gemma Milne on Crunchbase…

Science Disrupt discussions with the innovators, iconoclasts, and entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Read more aboutScience Disrupt on Crunchbase…

Antonio Simeone

Co Founder @ Euklid

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Harry Weber-Brown

Co Founder @ Galvanise Capital

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Harry Weber-Brown has a wealth of experience focusing on business development, building and training teams of digital professionals and consultancy in the digital sector. He has worked with organisations including the BBC, Reuters, Ask Jeeves, the NHS and NSPCC on the development of their digital services and planning and delivering their traffic driving activities. Harry has worked with public and private sector businesses, media agencies, consultancies and start-up projects. He is an expert in managing digital services, optimising user experiences, project management and new digital developments. Learn more about Harry Weber-Brown on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutGalvanise Capital on Crunchbase…

Steve Boulton

Co Founder & CEO @ Golden Egg Innovation

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Read more aboutGolden Egg Innovation on Crunchbase…

Bola Awoniyi

Co Founder & Publisher @ Black Ballad

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Bola Awoniyi is Co-founder and Publisher of Black Ballad – an award-winning digital lifestyle subscription tasked with helping black women in Britain live their best lives. Having started his career as an Analyst at Econsultancy in 2013, he combined his interest in media, marketing and digital transformation, with his co-founder, Tobi Oredein’s, frustration at the lack of representation for black women in Britain’s lifestyle media. Since starting what was originally a free-to-access blog in 2014 to solve this issue, Bola has spearheaded a bootstrapped operation, with a successful £11,000 crowdfund in 20 Learn more about Bola Awoniyi on Crunchbase…

Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black british women. Read more aboutBlack Ballad on Crunchbase…

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