I began my career in startups almost 15 years ago, founding a number of my own companies, following through into exits, mergers, license deals and eventually culminating in a $50 million exit in 2014.
For the last 10 years my passion for new business and technology has driven me into all areas of the startup world, including taking on roles as investor, acting CTO, and 2 years ago starting the project closest to my heart; Influence Ventures.
I have learned many valuable lessons navigating the rocky terrain of building a business from the ground up, many of which I had to learn the hard way. Despite having great products ready to launch, I found myself in those early days with no route to market, little knowledge on how to get in front of investors, and a lack of meaningful contacts and connections with experience, who had done it before and were willing to share. Through each successive business I picked up new skills; how to write the perfect pitch deck, how to make my business an attractive investment for Private Equity & VC’s, and how to position my product in a crowded market.
Over the years I have crafted an invaluable network of like-minded entrepreneurs and successful business leaders, which makes setting up new ventures a walk in the park; my most recent company was patent pending, valued at £2 million pre-revenue and had over £200k of funding in under 3 months of being set up.
During my time branching out into advising external start-ups I was involved with, I began to see many of them were experiencing the exact problems I had faced years before. This is where the thunderbolt struck; there is still no one place or program for Founders and Entrepreneurs to springboard their business by getting access to world-leading experts, 3D product design & prototype printing, investors ready to invest at every stage of a business, world-class software developers, branding & marketing, true routes to market, one to one coaching and a readymade network – the important magic formula.
Influence Ventures is the delivery of that formula; I’ve brought together everything I wish I had all those years ago and I’m lucky enough to possess now. The aim of this all-encompassing workshop series is to add real, tangible value to start-ups and scale-ups for an affordable price during those critical stages of development. I wanted this startup accelerator to cultivate an environment of personal, one to one interaction; rather than seminars that offer generic advice, every speaker and every process we guide you through will be applied to your business – my aim is to give each business not only a tailored recipe but all the ingredients to springboard your dream to new heights – and in a fraction of the time it took me!