I was fortunate enough to realise early in my career that I wasn't born to do things that mean nothing to me.
Since then, I've always sought out exciting mission-focused brands, building their most important competitive edge; teams and culture that compliments their brand and powers their innovation.
I've also had the privilege to help hundreds of people to do work that is meaningful to them and fulfil their potential.
Then: People Guy @ Casper and @ WeWork before that.
Now: Founder & CEO @ Black Unicorn, People Guy and Ambassador @ Huckletree, Mentor @ Backstage Capital and Advisory Board Member @ colorintech.
Debbie is a facilitator, trainer, and expert designer of leadership and inclusion programmes. She also coaches private clients on career changes, launching new ventures, and living in greater alignment with their strengths and values. In 2017, Debbie co-founded TrustLab with Yasmeen Akhtar, a consultancy which develops courageous approaches to inclusive leadership. She holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Debbie’s expertise in inclusion and interfaith activism was honed over her six years with leading intercultural NGO 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), designing and delivering interfaith and intercultural learning experiences for adults and young people. She scaled up 3FF’s programmes to reach 10,000 young people a year nationally, and in 2011 won a UN Alliance of Civilizations Award for Intercultural Innovation. She has delivered training and speeches on intercultural advocacy to thousands of people across the world - in Berlin, Stockholm, Istanbul, Jerusalem, New York and Yangon in Myanmar, as well as the UK. She was awarded an award for her services to the intercultural field by Christian-Muslim Forum in 2013.
Before 'going solo', Debbie led the Training Design Team at award-winning learning consultancy The Smarty Train, designing innovative programmes for the ‘early talent’ of corporate clients such as Accenture, Clifford Chance, The Bank of England and BNP Paribas.
Debbie currently trains and consults for a variety of leadership and activism organisations, including: The Advocacy Academy; Fearless Futures; Speak First; Catalyst @ The Church Urban Fund; and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
Debbie volunteers as a programme advisor for youth charity The Advocacy Academy, and LGBT+ advocacy charities Diversity Role Models and KeshetUK.
I’m a journalist, product owner, content consultant and trainer with over fifteen years’ experience working across digital, print and live content.
I’m a specialist in communicating complex subjects through data visualisation, writing and design. As a consultant and trainer I’ve worked with government departments, leading media brands, charities and startups.
Alongside Simone Baird I foundedClever Boxer, a consultancy that helps people to punch above their weight in business by being creative. We do this through events, training consultancy, and other interesting projects. Our clients have included Frieze, The Idler and Time Out.
Hermione Way is the brand consultant who helps companies big and small accelerate growth of their brand. With over 10 + years’ experience digital marketing for the technology industry, she has helped her clients with campaigns that have gone viral, amassing millions of views, appearing on BBC World News, NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and many more.
Ben has a background in engineering, investment and growing tech businesses. He holds a 1st class Master in Engineering Science from Oxford University, was an Investment Director at Barclays Private Equity and 3i and has invested in (and helped grow) a portfolio of tech businesses
High energy, fast paced and infatuated with people.
I have spent the best part of a decade in the London startup scene, cutting my teeth in online media, consumer tech and crowdfunding. Passionate about using technology and community to build brands that solve real world problems.
My obsession now is in building a better food system for everyone.
Flavia manages a growing portfolio of 100+ early-stage and growth companies within Technology, Digital and Sciences, currently mid-way through the investment period of the £25M fund.
She developed the first internal portfolio growth programme for Funding London across 20+ critical business areas, and regularly shares industry research with BVCA, the SME Scale-up Institute, ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty, Business Leader, Startup Network, Thrive.London, British Business Bank, HM Treasury, and organised trade missions with the Department of International Trade.
She has a track record in creating business development and funding opportunities within the portfolio, collaborating with local and national institutions, late-stage VCs, and multinational organisations.
Flavia has over 5 years’ experience of successfully investing and pro-actively managing large early-stage and growth technology portfolios.
She is passionate about understanding the impact of early-stage technology ventures and of disruptive business models in a multi-disciplinary context and is committed to collaborative working projects in the VC & PE sector.
Outside her work-related activities, Flavia is involved in research projects with educational institutions, board positions and advising early-stage tech entrepreneurs.
As Global Marketing Director at secure IM start-up Novastone and independent Marketing Consultant, Elizabeth brings a rich innovative B2B/Tech Marketing experience. Results-oriented and entrepreneurial-minded, she specialises in the creation of strategic Content, Social & Event-based marketing campaigns.
Having previously held B2B and B2C Marketing roles at Google, and having lead a team as Snr Manager, Strategic Enterprise Marketing at Hootsuite, she's highly experienced in identifying marketing opportunities to drive high levels of customer & prospect engagement at scale. She’s also a dedicated team leader and experienced public speaker, providing effective training in social, community and content marketing for Enterprises & SMBs.
She has also worked in audience development at WPP start-up agencies, Group SJR & Colloquial, and previously built up her own audience online of nearly 3 million followers through her musical and artistic endeavors via YouTube, Google+, Twitter & Facebook.
Helen runs the London based Female Founders Accelerator supported by J.P.Morgan, that helps women-led businesses to scale their ventures. Prior to working with start-ups, she spent a decade in advertising, working internationally with leading brands for companies including LVMH, P&G and Estée Lauder. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and Philosophy and is a coach and mentor specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership.
My passion lies in start ups and tech. I've spent my professional career working in several start up companies in London helping them to scale and I have loved every part of it! My expertise lie in Marketing and Product. I write about my start up experiences on my blog: www.thestartupgirl.co.uk and I am also a guest lecturer for entrepreneurship modules at Kings and Birkbeck university
Medy has over several years’ experience working in technology and finance. At Capgemini Invent, he is aligned to the Future of Technology practice focusing on strategic technology-led transformations. With a background in Management and Finance, he has developed key analytical and leadership capabilities whilst also developing excellent communication skills and a keen eye for detail. He has experience in technology, retail, finance and HR sectors.
Self-motivated, organized and capable of working under pressure, Medy has a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. His previous roles have involved research and development, project management, business development, stakeholder management and workshop facilitation. Medy is an enthusiastic and proactive individual who works effectively both independently with little supervision and within diverse teams.
Founder of Yena. Connecting ambitious rebels all over the world to build remarkable businesses with a virtual acceleration platform & community, for anyone, anywhere.
Have been lucky enough to win a couple of awards and been asked to give a TEDx talk.
Find me at the water cooler talking about space, tech, gin, films or gaming.
A finance and operations leader with several years of experience with a blue-chip consultancy organisation. Industry experience in social entrepreneurship, med-tech and fem-tech, emerging markets. Board member of a non-profit.
An entrepreneurial Operations, People, and Project Manager focused on providing effective solutions for business problems across established organisations and startups.
I get my buzz from cultivating positive, productive and efficient working environments. I am passionate about improving the experience of colleagues and team members through innovative people policies, a supportive management style, and a focus on growth.
While I have always been driven by efficiency and profitability, I feel it is important this is not at the cost of employee wellbeing. I believe that people are a company’s greatest asset, and that investment in people is one of the key drivers of growth and success. I enjoy making a real difference to employee happiness, productivity, and the success of a business.
I am currently studying towards my MSc in Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology at UCL.
An HR leader with experience working with amazing teams across the creative sector. Currently Head of People at Heatherwick Studio and formerly lead HR at Conde Nast and also at White Cube. A passion for learning and nurturing curiosity in creative teams informs my work.
Experienced in talent, innovation and venture development, Ellen helps build great companies and inspire people and organisations to tap into their entrepreneurial potential.
As Head of Entrepreneurial Investment at corporate-led accelerator The Bakery, Ellen is focused on finding and investing in entrepreneurs to start new tech companies from scratch.
She is an expert in assessing entrepreneurial talent and hiring A players for new ventures.
David is co-founder and investor at ADV. He focuses on finding the best startups in the UK and Ireland and helping them supercharge to create generation defining tech companies at scale. David started his career in Israel building B2B software products [Telco and Fintech], worked at an accelerator and early stage VC in Spain and spent three years doing M&A and strategy innovation across Europe, Asia and the US. Before founding ADV David spent two and a half years heading up the acceleration program at Wayra, Telefonica’s early stage investment arm.
Frankie is the founder of Switchvision, a consultancy that specialises in theatre-based interpersonal skills for technical experts. She's worked internationally as an editor, writer, voice over artist and performer. In addition, she worked as director and scriptwriter for the presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Istanbul. She's had 2 books of plays published and her book 'Techie Talks - how technical experts become powerful presenters' has reached 40,000 downloads. Frankie works globally with SMEs to large multi-nationals to enhance their creativity and communication skills.
Nic Yeeles is the Founder & CEO of Peg: software that powers influencer marketing for 1,700 companies, across 169 countries.
Prior to Peg, Nic founded a production company, a creative agency and co-ran the fastest growing YouTube channel in the world. He’s worked with major global brands including Sony Music, Adidas, Google and Microsoft, as well as high profile personalities including Simon Cowell, Skrillex and One Direction.
His design work has ranged from apps used by millions, to investor presentations that have raised millions.
Sofie Dralle is founder and the CEO of StopMyCraving, a foodtech platform that helps people find healthy alternatives to cravings from natural producers, and delivers to door internationally. StopMyCraving vision is to make the world a better place one bite at the time, by driving a mission of allowing natural producers and people to connect based on the match of attributes and preferences, delivering directly to door internationally.
Her role as founder for StopMyCraving earned her an award of 30under30 from Natural & Organic Products in Europe (London, UK 2018). She has been a speaker for the European Commission Startups, discussing female entrepreneurship (Venice, Italy 2016). Although being a newly wed, she presented StopMyCraving at Websummit and raised her first seed round on the back of that in 2016. She has following been through H-FARM & Cisco Technology and Accelerace acceleration in (2017 and 2018). StopMyCraving was awarded the top 20 growth startups in London according to Deloitte and in top 21 Denmark according to Bootstrapping.dk (2017), a success she attributes to her whole teams’ effort.
She is currently a Chairman for Giant 2018 Health Conference in London, being an Ambassador for Google Campus a Contributing writer for Virgin Startups. Her previous experience includes doing global M&A, from the tender age of 21 and working in online marketing at the start of the social media boom in 2011.
She holds a Master’s Degree in International Business School with Distinction (Top 10% of student body) from Hult International Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Communication & EU studies, focusing on the UK.
Furthermore, she has an active lifestyle, works out regularly, enjoys cooking and listening to inspirational talks on YouTube. She likes to give back and takes an active part in the local church where she sings in a band on Sundays.
After a fleeting career in finance I decided to embed myself in the London startup ecosystem and after stints at 3 of the best, crossing 3 industries have made the move to building small ventures within a big one. I am currently heading new ventures at The Times newspaper
Regina is a Government Advisor for Digital and Transformational Change.
She is also Founder of Mainstream, a community based social enterprise for millenial women seeking support in their careers and small business ventures. Regina is driven by seeing women of diverse ethnicities being leaders. Regina is interested in how technology can be used in education and international development.
Regina volunteers in primary and secondary schools running workshops on STEM education, career aspirations and life skills.
Cathy specialises in communications for tech startups and the wider ecosystem that supports them. She founded CEW Communications at the end of 2016. In 2018 the agency was recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 small businesses by Startups.co.uk. Since launching, CEW has worked with a roster of clients including early-stage startups - Bright Little Labs, Jobbio, KiteEdge, Klevio, ParkBee, Tailwise, TaxScouts and Yodel - and investors - BGTA, Five Seasons Ventures, and SILK Ventures.
Before launching CEW, Cathy held key roles as Head of Communications for Tech City UK (now Tech Nation) and early-stage VC Seedcamp. She was recognised as a PR Week ‘Rising Star’ in 2014 whilst working at Albion Drive. Over her career, she has worked with everyone from Silicon Milkroundabout to Seedrs, Monese to Transferwise, and has worked closely with investors including Index Ventures, Draper Esprit and Wayra.
Outside of her work she is a Director of GeekGirl Meetup UK, an organisation to champion female role models within STEM and give talented women a platform to share their expertise with others. As part of that, she is the podcaster behind GeekGirlMeets and regularly speaks out on diversity issues. She has also mentored startups across Europe, meeting with teams from Incubator Starter in Poland, Eleven from Bulgaria, CyLon, Google Launchpad and Escape the City.
I run a consulting practice that works with early stage businesses on their Talent & People Strategies. I have worked for La Fosse for the last 8 years and been part of the Leadership Team thats grown the business from 15-200. I've loved every minute.
I want to help enable businesses to build a world class team by supporting them in the early stages of their growth.
Heather Delaney is Founder of Gallium Ventures and the world’s most influential crowdfunding specialist who takes a full-on approach in supporting entrepreneurs.
Having worked globally across early stage startups to large listed behemoths, her honest approach means operating comprehensively with teams to help build a foundation for successful products and profitable companies. Heather has launched some of the exciting consumer tech products, toys and games you see on the market today, due to trusted experience in everything from product development and packaging design all the way to PR and marketing.
I believe we all have a place to play our part, a lifetime to contribute our passions and windows of opportunity to step up and do it.
Creativity is my passion. For over 10 years I've coached, trained and supported thousands of people on their personal and leadership journey's. I work with people in global organisations such as Adidas, Santander and Ricoh, through to teachers and young leaders in Education. It's unrealised potential that inspires me to do what I do.
As the Founder and Director or Creators Club, the mission is to support creative, freelance and entrepreneurial people to bring ideas to life and live well as we all do our thing. I'm also a writer and author, publishing my first book 'Feeling Lost & Finding Your Way' in 2016, that shared my triumphs and struggles as I searched deeply for a life of purpose in my twenties.
When I'm not running workshops or writing in cafe's; I Iove doing sports, practicing yoga and arts & crafts. I'm British, from Newcastle and I live life in London.
Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders, a community platform and support ecosystem designed to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed.
Blooming Founders offers events, a networking app, co-working spaces and accelerator programmes that give our members a competitive edge in building and growing their businesses. We are industry agnostic and our offerings are designed for women, but are not female-only.
Lu is a mentor at the Google Launchpad accelerator and part of the Techstars community leadership team. She has also published the book Dear Female Founder which contains 66 personal letters of advice written by female entrepreneurs from 20 countries. It is globally available on Amazon and Kindle.
In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
For the 10 past years I have worked across the globe with some of the world’s largest and most complex organisations. At the core of this work is a deep rooted belief that every person, team and organisation has the opportunity to create change for themselves and with this in mind I coach, facilitate, consult and advice in order to help solve their most pressing issues. Clients and partners include everything from NGO’s like Red Cross to large multinationals Google and Chanel.
Patrick has worked in media, publishing and tech for over 10 years and has significant experience of advising large media organisations on future strategy both on a company wide scale as well as on an individual brand level. Patrick set up the Faber Academy, Guardian Masterclasses and the Mumsnet Events proposition as well as live offerings for Marie Claire and a range of other clients. He has done strategic consultancy for Google, Conde Nast and Time Inc. and is currently working with Huckletree - one of London's leading workplace accelerators - to build their event and partnership programme. Alongside his client work, he part-owns, curates and directs the Curious Arts Festival - chosen by the BBC as one of ‘eight extraordinary festivals beyond Glastonbury’. He was selected as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential People in London in 2013.