Introducing the 2016
Maserati 100

THIS YEAR'S LIST

Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs have launched the second annual ‘Maserati 100’ index; a definitive list of 100 of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and, ascending entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.

The Maserati 100 recognises entrepreneurs who are generously giving their time and resource to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Alex & Kitty Shepherd

Alex and Kitty Shepherd

Category: Ascending

Alex and Kitty Shepherd have revolutionised the street market scene by co-founding ‘Startisans’ - helping artisan food entrepreneurs start trading in markets and grocery stores. Through this, they have championed and supported several hundred young entrepreneurs.

Alex van Someren

Alex van Someren

Category: Investor

Alex is managing partner of early stage funds at venture capital firm, Amadeus and recently co-founded the Cyber London accelerator - investing in and mentoring cyber security startups. Alex was a founding expert mentor of Expert Impact; sits as entrepreneur-in-residence at Judge Business School and is the former chairman of The Prince’s Trust in Cambridgeshire.

Alice Bentinck & Matt Clifford

Alice Bentinck & Matt Clifford

Category: Investor

Alice and Matt are co-founders of Entrepreneur First - a pre-seed investment programme which they claim is “the biggest producer of startups in Europe”. In four years, EF participants have created 50 startups that have gone on to raise more than $60m. In 2013, Alice & Matt launched Code First: Girls - a social enterprise which aims to boost the number of women in technology and entrepreneurship. 

Alison Lowe

Alison Lowe

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Alison Lowe is a serial entrepreneur and has worked for many years offering advice and mentoring to emerging fashion designers. Over her career, Alison has launched and exited Chamelon - a promotions agency, and Roadrunners - an international courier business. She now runs Felicities - a fashion PR company, and teaches several business courses at the London College of Fashion.

Ammar Mirza

Ammar Mirza

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Ammar Mirza is a Newcastle-based entrepreneur who combines a range of business activities with extensive charity work. In 2009, Ammar founded Asian Business Connextions - a social enterprise that promotes the Asian and wider business communities into which he has personally contributed over £200,000. Ammar has helped establish over 240 new businesses; launched the ‘Primary Inspiration through Enterprise Project’ to inspire 10-11 year olds in enterprise; sits on a range of charity boards, and hosts a regular business show on Spice FM. 

Andy Penaluna

Andy Penaluna

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Andy Penaluna is a Swansea-based entrepreneur, academic, artist and mentor. As professor of creative entrepreneurship at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Andy has taught and mentored thousands of young creative entrepreneurs. He has also led on the development of enterprise education at an international level, advising the Welsh and UK governments, the European Commission and the United Nations - helping educate the educators to create a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Anisa Haghdadi

Anisa Haghdadi

Category: Ascending

Anisa Haghdadi created her first social enterprise when she was only 15. Now 22, she has co-founded a number of initiatives, including Beatfreeks - an award-winning social enterprise engaging young people in arts, training and leadership opportunities. Launched in 2013, it now turns over £240,000 a year. Anisa also founded PoweredBy, a social incubation programme supporting young people to use creative ideas and turn them into social enterprises. 

Anthony Impey

Anthony Impey

Category: Ascending

Anthony Impey is a serial entrepreneur across San Francisco and London whose latest startup, Optimity, is using pioneering wireless technology to replace the need for fibre optic. Anthony has founded Tech Up Nation and Tech City Stars - social enterprises that help young people in East London to start careers in the tech sector. He is an advisor to the Guildhall School for Music and Drama; has contributed to the development of the International Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship; mentors several entrepreneurs; and sits on/chairs a wide range of advisory boards and working groups.

Ash Phillips

Ash Phillips

Category: Ascending

Ash is the Founder of YENA – a social enterprise that helps young entrepreneurs succeed in business by lowering the barriers of access to support, finance and networking experiences. Through its work, YENA has built the confidence and opportunities of over 700 young entrepreneurs so far and currently operates in 4 locations across the UK. Ash is a true example of what he promotes through YENA, constantly helping out people to reach their goals by introducing them to the right type of individuals, consequently increasing the chances of success for young people.

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Category: Investor

Ashley Cooper is a Cardiff-based entrepreneur, investor and mentor who plays a key role supporting entrepreneurs across Wales. As founder of TES Aviation in 1995, he grew the company to over £100m turnover before exiting to DVB Bank and Mitsubishi Corporation. Ashley now invests in startups through Catalyst Growth Partners and advises the Welsh Government on their business support services, both as a Youth Entrepreneurship Services Role Model and a member of Welsh Government’s REAP team - an MIT-backed global initiative designed to help regions accelerate economic growth and job creation through innovation-driven entrepreneurship.

Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Ben Fletcher is a serial entrepreneur behind events business Osney Media and e-commerce wine business Sommeliar Cellar. Ben’s latest business, Lead Bullets, runs execution-focused events for fast growth companies – the best-known event being the annual Fast Growth Forum. Ben sits on the MIT Regional Accelerator Programme committee for the UK and is chairman of the newly-launched Growth Builder initiative. He regularly presents for the School for Creative Startups.

Bill Holroyd

Bill Holroyd

Category: Philanthropist

Bill Holroyd is one of Britain’s most active and prominent philanthropists. As founder of food distribution company Holroyd Meek in 1982, he grew it to £190m turnover, serving over 7,000 restaurants across the UK. After exiting the business in 1995, Bill went on to invest in over 20 startups, including Appliances Online. In 2008 Bill set up OnSide Youthzones - a charity providing safe and inspiring, state-of-the-art facilities for young people in their leisure time. Six Youth Zones are now completed with a further fourteen in process.  At present over 20,000 young people are regular users of the Youth Zones.

Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker

Category: Ascending

Bruce Walker launched We Are The Future (WATF) at age 17, after getting his first taste for enterprise six years earlier through Young Enterprise. WATF is a global youth entrepreneurship organisation which organises summits across the world to inspire and connect entrepreneurs. In three years, Bruce has organised Startup Summits in San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, London and further afield. Through WATF, Bruce also runs a 12 week programme across Scottish schools to engage young people in enterprise and build the skills they need to start their own business.

Caroline Theobald

Caroline Theobald

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Caroline Theobald is a southerner who moved up to the North East in the late 1980s. She founded Bridge Club Ltd in 2000 as a private company with a mission to ‘champion, foster, and accelerate enterprise and entrepreneurship’. Caroline has introduced thousands of people to like-minded individuals and given them access to a wealth of contacts. In 2007, Caroline accepted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for the work she continues to do in harnessing the enterprising capital of young people and business owners.

Carrie Longton

Carrie Longton

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Carrie Longton is the co-founder of the ‘internet phenomenon’ Mumsnet. Carrie met her business partner, Justine Roberts, in ante natal classes in 2000 and decided to create a business that would fit their family lives. The parenting website that Carrie and her friend Justine set up from their back bedrooms ten years ago is now one of Britain’s most influential forums, with politicians, celebrities and authors regularly taking part in webchats. In addition to inspiring and supporting thousands of ‘mum entrepreneurs’, Carrie is also an expert mentor for Expert Impact.

Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Charlie Mullins is founder and chief executive of Pimlico Plumbers. Launched in 1979 it is now London’s largest independent plumbing company, with over 200 staff and £22m turnover. Charlie is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs through regular speaking events and written columns. He is also strongly focused on apprenticeships and is a firm believer in giving young people a chance to develop their skills, in order that they reach their true potential. He is a patron of the Prince’s Trust; appeared on Secret Millionaire; and is a sponsor of the Rhys Daniels Trust, among other charities.

Charlotte Pearce

Charlotte Pearce

Category: Ascending

Charlotte Pearce has been characterised as ‘the UK’s next Richard Branson’. Aged only 24, she has managed to not only start a unique direct mailing business, Inkpact, but also take an active part in numerous initiatives that aim to support young entrepreneurs. Charlotte has been working closely with student social entrepreneurs through Enactus; with a 50k funding pot in Southampton, she has been running workshops, a speaker series and mentoring to inspire develop and enhance the skills of students with entrepreneurial dreams. She is also a champion for young women in tech and startups.

Chrissie Rucker

Chrissie Rucker

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Chrissie Rucker launched the White Company in 1994 from her boyfriend’s spare room with a 12-page brochure after trying and failing to find good-quality well-priced white bed linen. Over the past twenty-two years, Chrissie has grown the company to 50 stores nationwide and over £144m turnover. Chrissie was made an MBE in 2010, and in 2012 was chosen as Private Businesswoman of the Year by the Financial Times. Chrissie regularly finds time to mentor young social entrepreneurs through Expert Impact.

Clare Sutcliffe

Clare Sutcliffe

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Clare Sutcliffe has brought computing to primary schools by co-founding Code Club - a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children 9 to 11 years old. Clare and business partner Linda Sandvik launched the initiative in 2012 with a viral video featuring Prince Andrew, Martha Lane Fox, Tim Berners-Lee and Niklas Zennstrom. Over 2000 schools now run Code Clubs, and in 2015, the organisation went global, with the aim of having coding communities in 50% of the world’s countries by the end of 2018.

Colin Glass

Colin Glass

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Colin is a Chartered Accountant with his own Practice, Winburn Glass Norfolk, which he founded, along with two partners, in 1975. Applying a 'hands-on' and '24-7' approach he has been involved in a significant number of diverse businesses, mainly start-ups and SMEs. Colin's wise and thoughtful advice has helped many newly established and growing businesses to succeed for more than 40 years. He is generous with his time and knowledge when advising young people who are considering starting a business. His efforts have been marked by various awards and he was recently appointed to the Board of the British Business Bank.

Daisy White

Daisy White

Category: Ascending

Daisy White is an author and entrepreneur, running Daisy White's Booktique - an award-winning pop-up bookshop which is now in its fourth year. She recently launched Pop Up Horsham, which provides retail space for fledgling entrepreneurs, before taking them from start-up to ‘stay-up’ on the high streets.

Damian Kimmelman

Damian Kimmelman

Category: Philanthropist

American-born Damian Kimmelman is co-founder and CEO of financial technology firm DueDil, which has been listed among Wired magazine’s hottest European startups. He is also a co-founder of the Founders Pledge – an initiative to boost philanthropy within the tech sector. Damian and over 53 other tech entrepreneurs have pledged to donate at least 2% of their personal proceeds to a social cause after a successful exit. The pledges are currently valued at over £28m.

David Barrie

David Barrie

Category: Mentor / Advisor

David Barrie is a serial social entrepreneur, responsible for ventures credited with raising over £500m of new investment through public-private partnerships into towns and cities. Ventures include creating and supporting urban renewal initiatives in the UK, Russia, Eastern Europe and Canada and progressive enterprises such as The People’s Supermarket, London. In 2014, David founded Wild Blue Cohort, an angel investment network for West London made up of investors in early stage companies who want to support entrepreneurs and make it easier for high growth companies to set up and grow in the area. Wild Blue will soon open a co-working space for investors, entrepreneurs and mentors in Holland Park.

David Bozward

David Bozward

Category: Mentor / Advisor

David Bozward is a serial technology entrepreneur, educator, mentor and advisor on international youth entrepreneurship. With a background in 3G technology, David is now founder and chair of games company Dojit and a senior lecturer at the University of Worcester. David has delivered several national campaigns to nurture youth entrepreneurship, helping scale student enterprise charity NACUE and investment group Find Invest Grow. He has delivered entrepreneurship bootcamps and guest lectures at over 20 universities; advises the European Commission and other public bodies; and is the author of several books and guides for entrepreneurs.

David Giampaolo

David Giampaolo

Category: Mentor / Advisor

David Giampaolo is the founder and chief executive of Pi Capital, an organisation that brings together business, academic, entrepreneurial and political leaders from around the world. The members of the organisation are invited to take part in bespoke investor field trips to regions experiencing rapid economic change, such as Brazil, China and India in order to offer help and solutions to today’s most pressing business challenges. David previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US and Europe. He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries (both as an angel investor or co-investor) and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the largest and most successful health & fitness companies.

David Jones

David Jones

Category: Mentor / Advisor

David Jones has worked in regeneration and economic development for nearly 20 years and helped many places and businesses grow economically and socially. Championing entrepreneurship across Cumbria, he launched Fusion Go - an accelerator programme - to boost Cumbria's entrepreneurial profile nationwide. Fusion Go is a not for profit company that aims to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and young businesses establish and grow by linking them into a powerful network of mentors, coaches and successful entrepreneurs.

Dominic List

Dominic List

Category: Philanthropist

Dominic List is a serial entrepreneur, most recently founding technology firm Comtact. He is an investor and director of Gandys – a social enterprise that builds and supports orphanages in developing countries. Dominic is keen to ensure the next generation of UK entrepreneurs and regularly offers his time to pass on his experience, speaking at a number of youth entrepreneurship events. As a Plymouth alumnus Dominic recently set up The Dominic List Innovation Fund, an opportunity for Plymouth University students to gain funding and advice to scale up their start-up businesses.

Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy

Category: Ascending

Ed Hardy is a young entrepreneur who, while in high school, co-founded Edge – a skiing app that allows users to track their performance, view resort maps and challenge friends. Ed has also launched Young Founders – a UK-based summer school that inspires 16-18 year olds into enterprise and entrepreneurship and helps them launch startups.

Eddie Holmes

Eddie Holmes

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Eddie Holmes is a serial entrepreneur and thought-leader in the property-tech industry. After an entrepreneurial business venture with a business partner ended acrimoniously, he decided to turn this negative experience into something positive. Eddie founded Launch 22 – co-working and mentorship spaces in London and Liverpool to support entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Launch 22 has a charitable mission - 30% of members are from disadvantaged backgrounds and making use of scholarships.

Guy Mucklow

Guy Mucklow

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Guy Mucklow is co-founder and CEO of international software company PCA Predict (formerly Postcode Anywhere). Launched in 2001, Guy grew the firm to 10,000 clients including Tesco, Dow Jones and Disney. PCA Predict hosts various Code Club groups and hosts ‘Technology Taster Days’ and ‘Internet Enterprise Days’ as part of PCA Predicts’ ‘Schools Enterprise Programme’, particularly targeting deprived areas and special educational need schools. Guy and business partner Jamie have launched the PCA Predict Foundation to support young IT entrepreneurs and they provide free software and support to Founders 4 Schools.

Hanadi Jabado

Hanadi Jabado

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Hanadi Jabado is a serial entrepreneur with a solid understanding of clusters and innovation. She most recently founded Accelerate Cambridge – the Judge Business School’s ‘in-house’ accelerator programme. Hanadi spends hours mentoring and advising young entrepreneurs in order to ensure that startups are built to last.

Helen Wooldridge

Helen Wooldridge

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Helen Wooldridge, alongside long-term friend Polly Marsh, co-founded Cuddledry in 2006. After taking their baby apron towel idea to Dragon’s Den and turning down a £100,000 investment offer, Helen and Polly developed an award-winning business that has grown significantly, and now has become available in 40 countries, including Russia, South Africa, South East Asia, Spain, France and the Netherlands. Helen is a regular speaker in schools, promoting entrepreneurship to young people.

Hermann Hauser

Hermann Hauser

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Hermann Hauser has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded over 20 high-tech companies and in 2001 was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ and a KBE in 2015 for services to Engineering and Industry. Hermann developed a report on how to turn more of Britain’s university research into commercial ventures, recommending the creation of a series of technology centres to help small firms and university spinouts take their prototype products to market. The government adopted these proposals in 2010, launching a collection of Catapult centres.

Sir Jack Petchey

Sir Jack Petchey

Category: Philanthropist

Sir Jack Petchey is a serial entrepreneur and one of Britain’s most celebrated philanthropists. After leaving the Navy, he launched a taxi company and became a multi-millionaire through a range of ventures, from car dealing and garages, to property and investment. In 1999, he launched the Jack Petchey Foundation, which together with his various businesses, has given over £100m towards youth projects.

Jamal Edwards

Jamal Edwards

Category: Ascending

From a teenager on a council estate in west London to self-made multimillionaire, Jamal Edwards is the owner of SBTV, a broadcasting company that makes YouTube music videos to elevate emerging talent. Jamal aims to not only produce good content, but also inspire the audience and help them develop different viewpoints of today’s world. Jamal actively supports Prince's Trust and is the face of the new government-backed ‘Guild of Creative Entrepreneurs’ campaign.

James Layfield

James Layfield

Category: Ascending

James Layfield is a serial entrepreneur who started out in advertising, was headhunted by Richard Branson at 23, and became Virgin’s youngest ever MD. After launching a number of companies, in 2011 James launched Central Working – a co-working community that now spans six spaces and thousands of members. James provides free office space and mentoring for Queen Mary University student entrepreneurs and regularly hosts and speaks at youth entrepreneurship events, including those run by NACUE and Young Founders. In 2015, James was appointed London Tech Ambassador by Mayor Boris Johnson, in recognition for the work he has done to inspire and cultivate London’s growing tech entrepreneur community.

Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Jeff Lynn is the co-founder and CEO of Seedrs – the most active equity crowdfunding platform in Europe. Since launching in 2009, Jeff has worked closely with regulators and governments to develop the equity crowdfunding industry. In 2010, Jeff co-founded Coadec – a policy campaigning organisation for tech startups, and he has been a non-executive director of Companies House since 2013. He also gives significant time to mentor entrepreneurs and make connections.

Jenny Halpern-Prince

Jenny Halpern-Prince

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Jenny Halpern-Prince is the founder of Halpern – a consumer PR agency with 20 years’ experience working with the world’s largest brands. It is now part-owned by WPP agency CHI & Partners. Jenny was a founding expert for Expert Impact – giving free mentoring and advice to promising social entrepreneurs. She is also a mentor for Somewhere_To and has been featured as Marie Claire Mentor of the Month as well as in Red Magazine Smart Women campaign. In 2012, Jenny founded Access – a charity that helps young people into employment via work placements.

Joe Cohen

Joe Cohen

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Joe Cohen is founder and chairman of Seatwave. He started the company in May 2006, launching it in February 2007, and, together with his team, has since built up the biggest fan-to-fan ticketing marketplace in Europe. Joe has been building consumer applications and businesses in the US and Europe since the mid '90s and before founding Seatwave, started and ran the international division of Match.com. Joe is also an angel investor and mentor. Roles in recent years include being a judge at the Telegraph Start-up 100, a mentor at Seedcamp Week and a sponsor of Devcamp.

John Anderson

John Anderson

Category: Investor

John Anderson is a serial entrepreneur, investor and mentor. In 2002, John co-founded The Entrepreneurial Exchange, which became Scotland’s leading organisation for high-growth entrepreneurs. John is also chairman of Gabriel – the Scottish angel investment group, and has invested in a range of startups. He is now director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School; a participant in REAP Scotland; chairman of the Informatics Ventures advisory board; advisor to the Enterprise Research Centre; and a founding GlobalScot. He was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise “Local Heroes” project, based in part on his own MBA thesis “Local Heroes – Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Role Models”.

John Caudwell

John Caudwell

Category: Philanthropist

John Caudwell is the co-founder of Phones4U and is known for being Britain’s largest taxpayer. Starting out running a corner shop and mail order business, John started selling mobile phones in 1986 when still trading cars. He sold the business for £1.46bn in 2006. John is now one of Britain’s largest philanthropists, and was one of the first Britons to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge. In 2000, John founded Caudwell Children, which has now raised over £27m to help severely disabled children. He has also supported many other charities including The Prince’s Trust and ARK.

Jonnie Goodwin

Jonnie Goodwin

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Jonnie Goodwin is a serial entrepreneur and a co-founder of Lepe Partners, “a little merchant bank” that works with entrepreneurs in the media, internet and technology sectors. Previously, he co-founded LongAcre, a corporate finance house, which he sold to Jeffries in 2007. He has advised on more than 100 media deals over the last decade, worth over $20bn. In 2006, Johnnie partnered with Brent Hoberman to launch Founders Forum – the high profile, global gathering of entrepreneurs, which has spawned Founders Forum for Good, which uses the events and network to support young social entrepreneurs.

Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford

Category: Investor

Jon Bradford is behind Britain’s leading startup accelerator programmes as co-founder and/or CEO of Springboard, Techstars, Eleven, Ignite and the Difference Engine – the latter being Europe’s first accelerator when launched in 2009. He has also been instrumental in launching accelerators across Europe – from Estonia to Bulgaria and Moscow. In 2011, he co-founded F6S - a leading digital community for entrepreneurs and in 2013 he co-founded tech.eu – an online publication covering the European tech industry. Through his accelerators and extensive voluntary advisory roles, Jon has mentored countless startups and helped founders achieve their true potential.

Jonathan Bannister

Jonathan Bannister

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Jonathan Bannister has over twenty years’ experience creating advertising, marketing and communications solutions for B2C, B2B and social business clients in Europe and Asia Pacific. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Jonathan has supported the organisation's crowdfunding accelerator pro-bono as an expert mentor. With this engagement alone, he has helped over 100 RSA Fellow-led social enterprises develop, launch and achieve in excess of £350,000 crowdfunding.

Josephine Goube

Josephine Goube

Category: Ascending

Josephine Goube is one of Britain’s leading campaigners for smarter immigration policies and for women entrepreneurship. As director of partnerships of Migreat – a platform helping people through each step of the immigration process – Josephine has led a campaign to adopt (and keep improving) startup visas across Europe. She regularly advises the UK government’s Migration Advisory Committee and last year was appointed by the European Commission to lead their review of its migrant entrepreneur policies. In 2013, Josephine co-founded Girls in Tech – a non-profit organisation raising the visibility of women in tech, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Kallum Russell

Kallum Russell

Category: Ascending

Kallum “with a K” Russell is a young Dunfermline-based entrepreneur. In 2013, just two years out of university, Kallum founded Acorn Enterprise – a free business acceleration programme for business founders across Fife. Acorn aims to help over 500 entrepreneurs in the next three years. Kallum is also Fife area board member of Young Enterprise, helping deliver the company formation scheme in schools across Fife.

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Lord Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer. Launched in 1989, Karan’s aim was to brew the finest Indian beer and make it into a global beer brand. Today, it has a retail-value turnover of £126m and is exported to nearly 50 countries. Karan was appointed as a crossbench peer in 2006 and has been a thoughtful and articulate champion of entrepreneurship for many years. He regularly contributes to debates in the House of Lords on the topics of entrepreneurship and immigration, and he supported a recent government drive to attract more graduate entrepreneurs to the UK. He was one of the first visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge and in 2014, he was appointed chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

Keith Mabbutt

Keith Mabbutt

Category: Ascending

Keith Mabbutt is a serial entrepreneur and champion of student entrepreneurship. Leaving a promising football career, Keith launched a recruitment business aged 23, selling it 7 years later. He went on to launch CVSeeMe.com – a video-enabled recruitment site that he exited three years later. In 2011, he launched The Grad Factor – a national, televised student business pitch contest. More recently Keith was appointed as an entrepreneur mentor in residence at the University of Kent and in 2015 launched The Street Soccer Foundation, a social venture that helps support young people currently experiencing homelessness in England.

Ketan Makwana

Ketan Makwana

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Ketan Makwana is an entrepreneurship campaigner in Britain and internationally. He is founder of Enterprise Lab - an enterprise agency that helps engages over 100,000 a year across 11 countries. In 2012, he designed and delivered Youth Enterprise Live - an entrepreneurship festival in Earls Court. Ketan is an advisor to the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa programme and the Kings Commercialisation Institute at KCL, among many other roles. He has mentored over 350 businesses.

Lopa Patel

Lopa Patel

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur and an evangelist for STEM, innovation and bridging the skills gap in business. She is the founder of the South Asian portal Redhotcurry.com, the e-commerce site TheRedhotshop.com and, most recently, the online publication NewAsianPost.com. Lopa is also the founder & CEO of equality and inclusion think tank Diversity UK, a non-executive director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group) and a trustee of Kenya-focused educational charity, Raha International. She is a technology ambassador for STEMNET, helping to encourage girls to take up science careers and a mentor for Young Enterprise, assisting girls on the national entrepreneurship programme.

Lord David Young

Lord David Young

Category: Mentor / Advisor

As a lifelong entrepreneur and former government minister, Lord David Young took an unpaid role as enterprise advisor to the prime minister from 2010 to 2015. During this time he published three major reports on how to unlock entrepreneurship in Britain. Each of these led to key policy announcements, including the launch of the Start Up Loans scheme - which has now lent £187m to help launch 34,000 businesses. His reports also led to unlocking of government procurement contracts to small firms and significant investment in entrepreneurship education. He invested in and mentored ex-offender entrepreneur, Duane Jackson, alongside many other investments. Lord Young is the chairman of the Chichester Festival Theatre and a patron of Lifelites - a charity providing technology for children in hospices.

Lucy Armstrong

Lucy Armstrong

Category: Investor

Lucy Armstrong is a champion of entrepreneurship in the North East. She is founder of The Alchemists, a boutique consultancy which works with fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies. Lucy is also non-executive director of Hotspur Capital Partners - an angel investor syndicate group, and vice chair of NCFE - a national qualifications body. She is chair of the Enterprise Research Centre’s advisory board and the Asset Based Finance Association’s professional standards board, and is former chair of Capital for Enterprise - the body responsible for over £4bn of government-backed debt and equity support to private businesses.

Mark and Mo Constantine

Mark and Mo Constantine

Category: Philanthropist

Mark and Mo Constantine are the couple behind Lush - the ethical cosmetics empire that spans over 900 shops in 49 countries with £454 million turnover.  The Constantines’ built Lush into a brand known for its cruelty-free and environmentally friendly credentials, campaigning and charitable activities. Last year Lush donated £6.3m to small, local charities globally. Mark and Mo recently funded an Evening Standard campaign to allow prisoners to pitch business ideas and get mentoring, funding and support to help them start a business once out of prison.

Baroness Martha Lane Fox

Baroness Martha Lane Fox

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Baroness Martha Lane Fox co-founded lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998; they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. She was appointed as the government’s digital champion in 2010, revolutionising its digital strategy, creating gov.uk and unlocking government data. In 2012, Martha founded Go On UK - a coalition of public and private sector partners that are helping millions more people and organisations online, and in 2013, she was appointed as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. Martha is co-founder and chair of karaoke chain, Lucky Voice and runs Antigone - a personal grant giving foundation that supports early-stage charities in the healthcare, criminal justice, education and technology sectors.

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna

Category: Investor

Irish-born Mary McKenna is a London-based technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded the online learning company, Learning Pool, in 2006 after a long career in local government and exited the company in May 2014. She is interested in helping start and grow UK and Irish tech companies. Last year she helped national youth volunteering charity, vInspired, to launch Task Squad, a brand new Google-backed social innovation platform around microworking for 18-25 year olds. In 2014 she was awarded the MBE for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.

Matt Desmier

Matt Desmier

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Bournemouth-based Matt Desmier used 20 years of experience in the creative industries to co-found Wise Old Uncle and Think Create Do - consultancy firms that help creative firms grow and local authorities nurture creative industries. In 2011, Matt launched Silicon Beach - a flagship 2-day conference in Bournemouth each autumn, which attracts some of the world’s most influential speakers.

Melanie Bryan

Melanie Bryan

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Since founding WhyNotChange in 2009, Melanie Bryan has supported over 1,800 aspiring entrepreneurs to start or grow an enterprise, and inspired many more. Her impact was recognised with an OBE for services to Social Enterprise and Women’s Enterprise in 2012. Melanie volunteers circa 50% of her time annually, and outside of this offers her services through funded schemes wherever possible for financial inclusivity. Away from the public eye, she has also personally funded small start-ups, particularly for single mothers living in poverty.

Michael Blakey

Michael Blakey

Category: Investor

Michael Blakey has been a successful, active, early-stage investor in the UK since 2000 and has invested in 21 business and experienced 3 profitable exits to date, the latest being the sale of Commerce Decisons Ltd, to Qinetic in 2008. Co-investing with his brother, Simon, he is responsible for all their marketing, deal origination and fund raising activities. Michael’s current investments include Bybox Ltd (1st place in the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2007), Virtual IT (3rd place in the Deloitte Fast 50), Specle and Tagman.

Mike Bandar

Mike Bandar

Category: Ascending

Birmingham-based Mike Bandar is a co-founder of Turn Partners - a business focused on the acquisition and turnaround of distressed and underutilised businesses. Mike has developed a small but diverse business portfolio including Trigger Experiences - a paintball company, Toyboy Warehouse - a niche dating site, and several small technology projects. Turn Partners is also in the process of launching Hopper, a scheduling tool for Instagram. Mike regularly delivers free workshops for startups and gives time to mentor young people through the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and Aston University.

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Mike Butcher is editor-at-large of TechCrunch, the world’s largest news site for tech startups. Mike has been named one of the most influential people in technology by GfK NOP and Wired. He is a regular commentator on tech, appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC, among many others. In 2009, Mike founded the Europas - an annual European tech startup awards scheme that has since expanded into a conference too. In 2009, Mike co-founded TechHub - a London co-working space for tech entrepreneurs that has since expanded to Bangalore, Warsaw, Bucharest and beyond. Mike is a co-founder of tech policy group Coadec and has been an advisor on startups to the prime minister and the mayor of London.

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Category: Investor

Mike established the first accelerator in Bristol, Webstart, and has supported more than 25 up and coming entrepreneurs, through his own private investing, leveraging his money with funds from Seedrs and mentoring. Mike has been an active advocate of startups in the Bristol and Bath area and gives his time to numerous activities.

Neeta Patel

Neeta Patel

Category: Mentor / Advisor

With a varied business background, Neeta Patel is the founding CEO of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation - a charity which aims to develop the next generation of UK entrepreneurs through a 1-year programme which combines hands-on work experience in a high growth company, intensive training workshops and access to networks. 120 young people have engaged in the programme through five cohorts, creating over 40 ventures, 423 jobs and £2.65m of investment. Neeta is also entrepreneur-mentor-in-residence at the London Business School.

Nick James

Nick James

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Nick James has 20 years’ experience in the events business on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the founder of Fresh Business Thinking and co-founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA). With Fresh Business Thinking, Nick has created one of Britain’s most visited website for ambitious owner managers. At the same time, in its 3rd year, the GBEA are already the flagship awards for entrepreneurs. Nick has also co-authored a number of publications including the well-known Great British Entrepreneur's Handbook.

Nick Sturge

Nick Sturge

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Nick Sturge has been running the SETsquared Centre for more than 10 years, providing incubation support to ventures in the centre by building a large community of professional advisors who give their time for free in clinics, workshops and mentoring support. This has resulted in over 200 companies being supported, who, between them, have raised more than £180m in equity, grant and debt funding with less than five business failures in that time.

Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Nigel Mills is a chartered accountant turned entrepreneur who has built successful businesses in convenience retail, property investment and hotels. He is the Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum - the network of high growth entrepreneurs in the North East of England. Nigel gives a great deal of his own time to mentor the network’s members, even though he has several other business interests, with the aim of helping less experienced entrepreneurs to achieve success and growth.

Sir Norman Stoller

Sir Norman Stoller

Category: Philanthropist

Sir Norman Stoller is a British businessman and philanthropist. After serving in the Royal Air Force, he starting working for his father’s Oldham-based business, Seton Healthcare, eventually taking on the running and building it into a worldwide brand. He created the Norman Stoller Charitable Trust in the 1980's, and has since given millions to good causes. He is committed to helping the youth of Oldham, with donations which have included £250,000 to help build Oldham’s Mahdlo youth centre and £2 million for an Oldham Enterprise Fund to help young entrepreneurs set up their own businesses. In 2014, he gifted a further £50m of personal shares to his charitable trust.

Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Paul Bailey has been a mentor and speaker at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning - Judge Business School University of Cambridge; he has been on the steering committee of IdeaSpace which is a co-working space for entrepreneurs; he advised NESTA on impact investment, for life changing innovation run by outstanding entrepreneurs; he co-founded, sponsored and supported the Perse Enterprise Conference. Paul has been a mentor to many start-ups and early stage businesses in the Cambridge community. He is also on the board of Cambridge Ahead.

Paul Lindley

Paul Lindley

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Paul Lindley is one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs. In 2006 he founded Ella's Kitchen, an organic baby food firm which now has a 20% share of the UK baby food market and a global turnover of $100m. Last year, Paul launched a social enterprise, The Key is E, to support young African entrepreneurs and promote business as the most sustainable way to solve social problems and unlock Africa’s potential. Paul is also an active supporter and mentor of young entrepreneurs and future business leaders. He is a counsellor for global summit One Young World, where he works with young leaders to harness the power of business to achieve social change.

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Category: Philanthropist

Paul Marshall is a British investor and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and chairman of Marshall Wace LLP, one of Europe's largest hedge fund groups. Paul is also a founding trustee of the charity Give Every Child a Chance and he was appointed lead non-executive director at the Department of Education in 2013. In April 2015, Paul announced a £30 million donation to the London School of Economics to establish The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, with a core aim of improving the impact and effectiveness of private contributions to the public good.

Phin Mpofu

Phin Mpofu

Category: Ascending

Phin Mpofu is a mentor and connector for the Scottish startup community. In 2014 he brought the international Startup Grind network to Scotland setting up the Edinburgh chapter. Since then he has built additional chapters in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Through these, Phin facilitates peer learning and shares advice and connections with other entrepreneurs. Phin is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Network and a mentor to many startups, while running his own property markplace business, Homesplace.

Rafael dos Santos

Rafael dos Santos

Category: Ascending

Rafael Dos Santos was born in Brazil and moved to London at the age of 21, where he started his own business, an agency renting accommodation to migrants. He sold the agency to found This Foreigner Can - a social enterprise designed to help migrants succeed in setting up a business in the UK. This Foreigner Can will run a migrant business accelerator and co-working spaces, helping migrants who have been in the country, perhaps in low-wage jobs, make the most of their skills and realise their potential.

Richard Alvin

Richard Alvin

Category: Investor

Richard Alvin is the founder of Audere Capital, an investment company he set up after the trade sale of three previous businesses he founded, wholly owned, managed and exited. Through this private equity company Richard has invested in a number of startup and growing companies, and also acted as a NED or mentor to others. Richard also founded the Capital Business Media Foundation (part of the Capital Business Media publishing company) to help those looking for help in starting their own business journey providing them with financial, resource and mentoring support.

Richard Reed

Richard Reed

Category: Investor

Richard Reed co-founded Innocent Drinks in 1999, growing it to one of Britain’s best known brands which today sells over two million smoothies per week. Richard stepped away from Innocent in 2013, when Coca Cola took majority ownership. He and his co-founders went on to launch JamJar Investments - a venture capital fund investing in consumer facing businesses including Graze and ToucanBox. Richard is a trustee of the Founders Pledge and starred in the BBC’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ programme, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitched for his investment.

Rishi Chowdhury

Rishi Chowdhury

Category: Ascending

Rishi Chowdhury has been inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs for over six years. At university he co-founded Your Hidden Potential - a web publication that has interviewed over 2,000 entrepreneurs to encourage entrepreneurship as a career choice for young people. After a brief spell working at fast-growing tech startup, Huddle, Rishi co-founded IncuBus Ventures. Launched in 2013, IncuBus is an early-stage incubator for young entrepreneurs, which, uniquely takes place in an old London bus.

Rohan Silva

Rohan Silva

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Rohan SIlva is behind some of Britain's best startup policies through his former role as special advisor to the Prime Minister. While in Downing Street he was instrumental in the launch of Google Campus and Tech City UK, and the introduction of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, public sector procurement reform, an increased Entrepreneurs’ Relief and many other initiatives. Leaving Number 10 in 2013, Rohan went on to co-found Second Home - an iconic space for entrepreneurs in east London, which recently announced an expansion to Lisbon.

Ronald Cohen

Ronald Cohen

Category: Philanthropist

Ronald Cohen is an Egyptian-born British financier, known as "the father of British venture capital" and "the father of social investment”. He co-founded Apax Partners - a private equity and venture capital firm - in 1972, and went on to co-found British and European venture capital associations. In 2000, he was appointed chairman of the UK government’s Social Investment Taskforce and in 2007 he co-founded Social Finance UK - the organisation behind the first Social Impact Bond - which funded intensive interventions in Peterborough Prison to reduce re-offending rates. He is chair of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group - set up under the UK’s presidency of the G8 to catalyse a global social impact investment market, and is chair of Big Society Capital.

Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Sahar Hashemi co-founded Coffee Republic - the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain - with her brother in 1995 and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a £30m turnover. In 2005 she founded Skinny Candy - a brand of sugar free sweets - and sold it two years later. Sahar has authored two best-selling books and in 2011 was nominated by Director magazine as one of its Top 10 Original Thinkers. The same year she was also invited to join the Entrepreneurs Forum set up by UK business secretary Vince Cable to advise the government on enterprise policies. Sahar is currently mentoring young social entrepreneurs through Expert Impact.

Sam Amrani

Sam Amrani

Category: Ascending

Since graduating from Queen Mary University in 2012, Sam Amrani has built two businesses, Crowdit and Tamoco, valued at over £35million, and has mentored four startups in a diverse range of fields from events to self-powered sensors. In both of his businesses he has won contracts with several fortune 500 brands such as carlsberg, coca cola, Vodafone, Uber and AT&T. Sam regularly mentors young entrepreneurs at Queen Mary University and he is also an advisor to Telefonica and the BBC's incubator programmes.

Sam Conniff

Sam Conniff

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Sam Conniff is founder of Livity - a youth marketing agency that has been described as a “transformation engine” by some of the tens of thousands of young people who have used it as their launchpad into enterprise and employment. Sam opens up his office allowing young people from all walks of life to get involved in the creation of campaigns and content. Over 15 years, Sam has built the business from what sounded like a social experiment into one of the most respected marketing agencies and social enterprises.  Recently, Sam has secured Google backing for a program helping young ex-offenders launch legitimate businesses and address the high levels of recidivism. Sam is also delivering somewhereto_ - an Olympic legacy project, through which it he has created over 3,500 early-stage enterprising experiences for young people across the UK.

Samuel Kasumu

Samuel Kasumu

Category: Ascending

Samuel Kasumu started Elevation Networks at 19 years old and has since grown the organisation as an award winning social enterprise which has changed the lives of thousands of underprivileged young people by matching them with top employers. The charity has grown into various areas delivering the National Citizen Service programme, the Graduate Internship Programme and a range of events. Samuel is now 28 and runs a sister company, EN Campaigns, which delivers Start Up Loans, funding and training courses for entrepreneurs.

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Category: Investor

Sarah Turner has spent most of the last 20 years working in and around digital media in the UK, Europe, US and Asia. She works with start-ups and growth stage companies as an advisor, supporter and connector. In 2010, she was appointed as a dealmaker for the UKTI Global Entrepreneur Programme. In 2013, Sarah launched Angel Academe - a pro-women angel investment group, where over half of the angels are women and most investment goes into women-founded technology businesses. Sarah is a mentor at the BBC’s accelerator, TechStars and Prague-based StartupYard.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Sarah Wood is co-founder and co-COO of video ad-tech company, Unruly. Launched in 2006, Unruly was acquired by News Corp in 2015. Sarah has been voted UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Growing Business Awards, one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc., one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes, Digital Woman of the Year by RED Magazine, and a Rising Star in Computer Weekly's Most Influential Women in UK IT. Sarah is an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge. She has been a member of Social Media Week's Global Advisory Board since 2011 and is part of the Gazelle Group of Entrepreneurs, helping to foster a new generation of entrepreneurs. Sarah was recently named one of the 50 Most Inspiring European Women in Tech by Inspiring Fifty.

Shalini Khemka

Shalini Khemka

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Shalini founded E2Exchange in 2011 to create the UK’s leading organisation supporting entrepreneurs and helping them accelerate the growth of their businesses. E2Exchange regularly hosts high profile events to connect entrepreneurs. Shalini was formerly an investment director at LDC the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and led LDC’s off-market origination network. Previously, Shalini co-founded the world’s first online ‘bank to bank’ trade finance company. Shalini is a Tech London Advocate and a columnist for Real Business Magazine and London Loves Business. Shalini is also an executive board director of the UK Business Angels Association.

Sheran Grey

Sheran Grey

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Sheran Grey is a business advisor with over 30 years’ experience; Sheran owns and runs the Business Centre in Llansamlet, Swansea and mentors over 400 small businesses and startups a year on a voluntary basis, helping to write business plans and giving them free rent to get their business off the ground. Many such individuals are unemployed, disabled or have other restrictive challenges. This is run alongside Sheran’s main business consultancy practice, Business Sense Associates. Sheran also supports the local university and college, giving inspirational talks and providing work experience for students.

Simon Calver

Simon Calver

Category: Investor

Simon Calver is helping scale Britain’s most exciting startups through a variety of roles. Starting his career in a range of large multinationals, he joined Lovefilm as CEO in 2005, growing it from startup to over 1.5m subscribers, and negotiating its sale to Amazon in 2011. He went on to lead the turnaround of Mothercare before taking chairmanships of moo.com, Chemist Direct and the UK Business Angels Association. In 2015, he was announced as a founding partner of BGF Ventures - the largest ever (£200m) venture capital fund targeted at early-stage tech startups in the UK.

Simon Jenner

Simon Jenner

Category: Investor

Birmingham-based Simon Jenner is a serial entrepreneur and investor. In 2001, he launched Trinity Security Standards - an IT security consultancy - which he built up and sold four years later. Simon is now involved in multiple startups including the Urban Coffee Company - an independent retail coffee chain. In 2009 he was recruited to launch and run a Birmingham incubator, which he then spun out as Oxygen Accelerator and Oxygen Enterprise Partners. Together, these have supported over 250 startups and invested in around 50. Simon is also a co-founder of Silicon Canal - the network for tech entrepreneurs in and around Birmingham.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Category: Philanthropist

Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for founding easyJet in 1995. Since then he has launched a range of ‘easy’ brands - most recently, the easyFoodStore. In the last eight years through the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, he has shown his dedication to giving back to society by launching a number of charitable initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, education and the environment in the UK, Greece and Cyprus. Since 2007, he has partnered with Leonard Cheshire Disability to run the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK - awarding a £50,000 prize each year. He also promotes cooperation between Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot entrepreneurs by funding 30x €10,000 prizes per year.

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Category: Philanthropist

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley founded Freelance Programmers in 1962 - a software company that predominantly employed women with dependents (reaching a peak of 297 from 300 programmers before gender discrimination was made illegal). She adopted the name Steve to get by in a male-dominated business world. Freelance Programmers became FI, then Xansa and is now part of the Sopra Steria Group. In 1982, Stephanie launched the Shirley Foundation, through which she has originated and funded a range of projects in the fields of autism and IT.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Category: Investor

Steve Smith is a serial entrepreneur best known for founding bargain chain, Poundland. Steve opened his first shop in 1990, selling the business 12 years later for £50 million. He supports the local Entrepreneurial Spark accelerator in Birmingham and delivers talks, workshops and advice to many local entrepreneurs. As part of his mentorship and investment, Steve took Spearhead Compliance Training under his wing - a company which had turned over approx £17,000 at the start of the year and has now booked orders well above £1,000,000.

Steve Wainwright

Steve Wainwright

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Steve had risen from trainee accountant at Revell Ward in Huddersfield to become chief executive of the multi-million pound turnover Birstall-based ICM Computer Group. In 2009, Steve launched Profiled.com – a website helping people in business counter any inaccurate personal information about them that may appear on the internet. Steve expanded Profiled to 63 countries and sold the business in 2014. He now advises a range of startups.

 

Stuart Hillston

Stuart Hillston

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Stuart Hillston is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Started his working life as a computer programmer, he went on to launch several software and web companies. Stuart now acts as an advisor for entrepreneurs via the MassChallenge programme. Stuart has mentored at several other accelerators, supported many companies in raising funding, and regularly delivers workshops for entrepreneurs.

Stuart Marks

Stuart Marks

Category: Investor

Stuart Marks is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He founded ITIS Holdings plc - a company that was a world leading provider of traffic and travel information. In 1997, he started Module Communications - one of the first London-based new media agencies, which was sold to Grey Advertising in 1999. Stuart's current business interests, in which he is also an investor, include the medtech/digital health company, Intelesant and the driver education software company, A2om International. Recently he teamed up with John Lewis Partnership to launch the JLAB incubator that helps accelerate the growth of retail startups.

Sue Black

Sue Black

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2015, Sue Black is an award-winning computer scientist and social entrepreneur. She has regular tech columns in both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror, the latter being a tech agony aunt column called “Ask Dr Black“. Sue is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, an associate at DSRPTN - an all-female technology and digital consultancy, and a mentor at Google campus for mums. A champion for women in computing, Sue is the founder of BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Syd Nadim

Syd Nadim

Category: Mentor / Advisor

From launching a Prince’s Trust startup in 1997, Syd Nadim has built Clock into one of the top 100 digital marketing agencies in the UK. He has also got involved in a range of other startups, including SwipesStation, WUWO magazine and Hijack Media. Syd appears regularly as a motivational speaker in schools, universities and industry events. He chairs the fundraising committee for the Prince's Trust, and is vice-chair of the Prince's Trust board in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. He also sits on the fundraising committee of the Peace Hospice in Watford and is a supporter of the Saracens Sport Foundation.

Sir Terry Mathews

Sir Terry Mathews

Category: Philanthropist

Sir Terry Matthews is a Welsh-Canadian serial entrepreneur, and Wales' first billionaire. He has founded or funded over 100 companies in the communications field, most notably Mitel and Newbridge Networks. He is currently the Chairman of Mitel, Wesley Clover, and the Swansea Bay City Region Board. He owns the Celtic Manor, KRP Properties, the Brookstreet Hotel, and the Marshes Golf Club. Terry founded the Wesley Clover Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic corporation that supports entrepreneurship, healthcare, education, and community initiatives. Recently he set up Alacrity Foundation, whose mission is to nurture and train the brightest and best graduates and create a new generation of Welsh-based tech companies.

Sir Tom Farmer

Sir Tom Farmer

Category: Philanthropist

Sir Tom Farmer is a leading Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Edinburgh and brought up in Leith, he founded Kwikfit in 1971. He built the business to 2,300 centres across 18 countries and sold it to Ford in 1999 for £1.2bn. Sir Tom now invests in a range of businesses and donates through the Sir Tom Farmer Foundation.

Trevor Pears

Trevor Pears

Category: Philanthropist

Trevor Pears is the executive chair of Pears Foundation. Along with his brothers Mark and David, he established Pears Foundation, with a purpose to apply some of the resources of their family's property company, the William Pears Group, to fund organisations and projects working to deliver progress on key issues affecting the wellbeing of people in the UK and all over the world. He has been awarded Fellowships of University College London and Birkbeck, University of London and an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in recognition of his outstanding commitment to social justice.

Umesh Kumar

Umesh Kumar

Category: Ascending

Umesh Kumar is a co-founder of Pace Ventures - an Innovation Consultancy connecting corporates and startups. Umesh is also co-founder of Pi Labs - a property focused accelerator programme based in London, and runs a 100-Million - an entrepreneurial blog. He spends his spare time helping entrepreneurs abroad, as he is the co-founder of a charity working in Sri Lanka promoting entrepreneurship.

William Akerman

William Akerman

Category: Ascending

William Akerman is the founder of MyKindaFuture, which on the one hand helps students explore their career options post-education, be that apprenticeships, college, or university and graduate employment, and on the other helps employers reach the next generation of talent, and recruit them on to work experience, internship, apprenticeship and graduate programmes. That way William connects young people with business to help them secure a foothold in a career and to ensure industry has the talent pipeline it needs for future growth.

Yuliana Seymour

Yuliana Seymour

Category: Mentor / Advisor

Yuliana Seymour is a startup champion and currently runs MyOutSpace Business Centre, a family-friendly co-working space in Croydon that offers business support tailored to the needs of female entrepreneurs. Yuliana spends a lot of her time delivering startup / business development courses, workshops and mentoring to young entrepreneurs, with a special focus on female and mother entrepreneurs.

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