Learn from this top notch group of veteran entrepreneurs and business experts.
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Charley Darbishire is the founder and MD of Educake, the award-winning science learning technology provider, used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and students for science homework and revision.
After studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford, Charley went on to write and design many of the UK’s best-selling revision guides for CGP. He then worked closely with science teachers to create Educake, teaching himself programming on the way to develop it.
Students have answered tens of millions of questions on Educake, improving their scientific knowledge and GCSE grades
Darshan is the founder and CEO of Super Being, a startup that uses entrepreneurial thinking and product design to tackle big hairy problems.
Super Being’s clients include names like Oxfam, Breast Cancer Care, The Cabinet Office, Telefonica and even themselves – they won a place on the Wayra Startup Accelerator programme in 2015 to develop their own digital platform called State of Ambition to support young people and, following on from this, are now publishing a book to help bring about true equality in the world called Being ManKind.
Outside of work, Darshan is on the advisory board for the Sporting Memories Foundation (a national dementia charity), the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa Programme and has recently been appointed to the NSPCC Digital Taskforce to help tackle the multiple challenges around supporting young people.
Katia is trained in experimental psychology (BA, MPhil) and is currently completing her PhD, where she explores how meeting diverse people affects problem solving. In the first year of her PhD, she has co-founded Prolific, a crowdsourcing platform tailored for scientific research, and helped grow it to £750k in sales. After her PhD, she will pursue Prolific full-time, with the goal to make it the go-to crowdsourcing platform for academics and startups.
Essa is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Esplorio, which helps people easily record and share their travels. Since launch, Esplorio has been featured on publications such as TechCrunch, Mashable, The Guardian, Huffington Post and Wired. Essa’s goal in life is to travel and eat every type of cheese in the world.
‘Having worked in top London PR agency, Clarion Communications, for several years I moved in-house to Williams F1 as Head of Communications and Partnerships. After three years of overseeing the company’s communications strategy steering the global and brand PR, corporate communications, media relations, partnership management, crisis management and digital output functions, I now consult for companies and individuals looking to improve and strengthen their communications. Camier Communications Ltd offers PR training, strategy development and project management.’
Lijo is Co-Founder at ChewyMoon, a kids’ snack box specialist. An expectant father, he is on a mission to change the ways kids eat by making snacking healthy and fun. He cut his teeth in banking for over 10 years before venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. His first venture was in industrial Rubber, where he achieved a six-figure turnover in the launch year. He flunked twice at school and would have dropped out if it wasn’t for fear of his ex-military dad
Pat is a creative with 30 years experience, working for national and international brands in London, Australia and now based in The West Country. Pat specialises in brand strategy, branded packaging, point of sale and digital but his heart still belongs to packaging!
Having worked on huge brands and in many different types of design agency Pat has picked up a wealth of experience in design and the business of launching, maintaining and extending brands. Over the last 10 years Pat has channeled this knowledge as best he could into helping start ups which he considers to be the most exciting part of any brand journey.
Pat is all about creativity – the big idea, creating exciting and challenging brands from out of nowhere. This happens less and less in the world of big design agencies so to salve his frustration Pat set up his own agency 18 month ago and hasn’t looked back
I was born about 100 years too late for my dream job as an explorer but then, at about 6, I discovered science and realised it was basically the same thing. It was probably this start in life that set me on my mission to make science real and relevant to as many people as possible. Whilst studying Biochemistry I set up a museum of body parts in my local mortuary for the public to visit. It was hugely popular and gave me my first insight into the power of science as a tool for inspiring people to be curious about life and the world. Since then I have helped set up a malaria and cancer research network, founded WATS.ON, a science engagement company, and most recently started The Curiosity Box, the box that makes science fun for families.
Hmmm….where to start? School flunk, an Inbetweener, music shop man, wannabe musician, Electronic Dream Plant employee, paper-clip seller, baked bean salesman, Selfridges food porter, trainee printer followed by 34 years taking a business from £100k pa to £6m pa. Massive disasters along the journey and many cringe-worthy mistakes whilst stewarding a classic printing company through the computer, Internet, digital and mobile revolution: Three decades of technological mayhem which decimated the traditional industry of print. The pendulum swings back and we are now in “The Renaissance of Print” seeing exponential growth as the medium of print is used to cut through the chaotic noise of the Internet – who’d have thought it? Now a multi-award winning SME dealing with national and international clients and brands, Hunts is in the business of creating stand-out and differentiation for itself and it’s clients.
After “playing a role” for the best part of 25 years working at Hunts, Timon continues the journey into the world of grown-ups having chaired the Institute of Directors, Oxfordshire, for the past three years, sharing his thoughts on leadership at Brooks University, The Said Business School, Oxford and a plethora of conferences and business groups. Intrigued by the attitude of customer-centricity, servant leadership, emotional intelligent leadership and colleague empowerment, his passion for the transformation of “old hierarchical business culture” leaders with all their knowledge and experience into todays modern-day leader is extreme – it is the opportunity of this transformation that makes our business future so wild.