Working with government leaders, global executives and entrepreneurs
Co-founded Discovering Start-Ups
2009 – 2015 – We devised Discovering Start-Ups on behalf of Cambridge Wireless. This programme identifes and assists new and emerging talent and enables us to work with exciting companies, technologies and people. (We coach and mentor participants and chair the pitching competition too). It provides ambitious wireless entrepreneurs and start-ups with the chance to pitch their new technologies and business plans to a distinguished industry panel. Discovering Start-Ups is now recruiting it’s 7th round of innovators for the competition later in 2016.
Supporting the East of England creative sectors
From work for hire to managed services
Worked with Cambridge Open Systems for 8 years as strategist, mentor and marketing department. We repositioned and re-branded the company and turned it from a development to managed-services company. We helped focus on sales and assisted them to win business which resulted in the sale to Reward-Your-World.
Strategic plans for the East of England’s growth
Supporting organisational change within UKTI East of England’s delivery team, we developed a strategy for enhancing support for the technology sector and produced the action plan full of ideas that were taken forward in 2010.
Strategic advice and cultural training
We provide strategic advice and cultural training to senior managers new to doing business in Asia. One of our first clients was Antenova, which went from strength to strength in Japan. We were also commissioned by XJTAG to ‘train’ their team of exhibition hostesses on cultural sensitivities in Japan. We have also run Korean cultural training using EU funding.
Inclusivity across the political divide
We won the contract to provided mentoring to ICT companies for Invest NI in 2006. What we actually did was develop their national strategy for the digital media sector; negotiated across the political divide and left them with more than a few ideas about how to progress.
Advising on sales channels
Produced strategic and tactical plan, implemented internally, for ‘security client’ wishing to evaluate and renew its international distribution network.
2007. Worked across time zones and geographies to develop a five-year plan for the British Embassy in Japan, identifying emerging UK technologies and developing global value chains.
Playing games in Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul and Shanghai
Flew the Games Industry flag for Britain and liaised with government teams to obtain funding to take leading games companies to E3, Tokyo Games Show, GStar Korea and China Joy. Oh and TiGA was conceived on our hired coach to Nintendo in Kyoto.
A few names to bandy about
We have worked with range of clients in mobile, ‘testing’, semi-conductor IP, games and product design to enter Japan and Korea. Amongst the many are ADVFN, ARM, CSR, Bango, Eidos, Gamesware, Imagination Technologies, Kuju, Symbian, The Mustard Corporation and Ubinetics.
Business Special Interest Group Champion
From 2006 – 2015 Co-founder and member Cambridge Wireless’ Business SIG, planning industry thought-leading events and chairing sessions at the Future Wireless International Conference. Managed Innovation Hot-house – pitching platform for innovators – for 5 years.
Educating the next generation of Marketers
From 2010 – Part of the team behind the Cambridge Digital Marketing Conference
Providing help to the Biotech industry
2012 – Marketer and Business Mentor in Residence’ at Granta Park in the heart of the Cambridge Science Cluster
Coach for Growth Accelerator, a partnership between Grant Thornton, Pera, Oxford Innovation and Winning Pitch and backed by UK Government.
North American Connections
2013 – founder members of a newly revitalised British American Connections Pittsburgh
Trade sales into China
2013. Alliantus established business links to the Pittsburgh China Centre. This led to a successful sale of a US generator company to a Chinese provider of complementary products. In turn this has given access to new markets and new products for the combined business.
Connecting CEOs for Global Growth
2014 – work with Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and UKTI, to enhance the skills of CEOs wishing to build global companies.
Innovative Higher Education
2015. Two projects providing comparative analysis of the Entrepreneurship Programmes at London School of Education and Political Science and recommendations for expansion of scope, better integration of educational, research and career options, and broadening corporate relationship support beyond the alumni base at LSE and LSE Enterprise.
Hands across the Pond
Event Producer for the acclaimed Venturefest East
2015 – 2016. Successfully delivered the inaugural Venturefest in the East of England. Created and managed virtual team created with the folks at St John’s Innovation Centre (SJIC), The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP), New Anglia LEP and CW (Cambridge Wireless) and other contractors. Brought a stellar cast of speakers, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs together at Newmarket Racecourse.
Director British American Connections Pittsburgh
2013 – 2016. British-American Connections Pittsburgh develops new links and supports and strengthens existing partnerships between the Pittsburgh region in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As the UK contact point, provide creative and web-content and support the development of Britsburgh - a City wide celebration of UK and Pittsburgh cultural links.
Co-founder of the CW Business Special Interest Group
2009 – 2015. Working with colleagues from Philips and The Technology Partnership, we created an industry support that produced events, provided mentoring and assistance to technology companies of all shapes and sizes delivered through Cambridge Wireless.