Entrepreneurs

Ben Ramsden

Pants to Poverty

Ben launched underwear brand Pants to Poverty in 2005. The company is one of the leading ethical and sustainable fashion brands, pioneering socially responsible supply chains with fair wages and extensive training programmes.

Pants to Poverty underwear sells in over 20 countries around the world and supports over 5000 farmers in India.

Claire Young

Founder, School Speakers

Claire Young, 32, is the straight talking; no-nonsense businesswoman who is well known for reaching the final of series 4 of BBC1s The Apprentice. Since then she has worked non-stop setting up numerous business ventures including School Speakers and teenbiz.

Doug Richard

Founder, School for Startups

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, Doug featured in the first two TV series of Dragons Den.

Between 1996 and 2000 Doug was president and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies. Visual Software and ITAL Computers.

Emma Jones

Founder, Enterprise Nation, Co-founder, StartUp Britain

Emma Jones is a business expert and author, and founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation.

Her books include ‘Spare Room Start Up: How to start a business from home’, ‘Working 5 to 9: how to start a successful business in your spare time’, ‘Go Global: How to take your business to the world’ and ‘The Start Up Kit’.

Eric White

Trustee, Peter Jones Foundation

Eric is the Managing Director of Brand and Communications for Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones CBE. He has worked with Peter Jones CBE for the past 10 years, working at the very highest level of what is now a 200 million group of companies and investments.

Joe Cohen

Founder and CEO, Seatwave

Seatwave.com is Europe’s leading online ticket marketplace, offering tickets for concerts, theatre, sports and other live events. Founded by Joe in May 2006, Seatwave began online trading in February 2007 and has since become a market leader in this emerging space.

Joe brings broad experience of the consumer internet space, having led three start-ups in the past ten years. Before founding Seatwave, Joe started and ran the international division of Match.com, (2001 until 2006) the global leader in online dating.

Lara Morgan

Founder, Company Shortcuts and Pacific Direct

Lara Morgan is an entrepreneur and mentor most widely known for building her own international business, Pacific Direct, over the course of ten years before selling a majority share 99% holding of the company for 20 million in 2008.

Lara is now focusing her passion on Company Shortcuts, a platform for entrepreneurs to access unique short cuts, check-lists and business performance measurement systems to free up time, increase effectiveness and help accelerate growth.

Luke Johnson

Founder and Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

Luke Johnson, author of Start It Up, is Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he founded in 2001. For six years until 2010 he served as Chairman of Channel 4 Television, a major British broadcaster.

He is Chairman/part owner of the restaurant business Giraffe and Chairman/owner of Patisserie Valerie. He recently took control of Bread Ltd, Britain’s largest artisan baker. He was Chairman of Pizza Express in the 1990s, and created and built up the restaurant chain Strada. He also co-founded Integrated Dental Holdings, the UK’s largest dental surgery chain.

Michael Hayman

Co-founder, Seven Hills - Co-founder, StartUp Britain

Michael is co-founder of the communications consultancy Seven Hills, which specializes in campaigns focusing on entrepreneurship. He is also co-founder of StartUp Britain, a national initiative for early stage enterprise, which was recently launched by the Prime Minister.

Michael is Chairman of Entrepreneurs at Coutts & Co and a columnist for Real Business. Michael also holds non executive positions with the cities of Westminster and Edinburgh, and serves as a commissioner on the enquiry into the future of cities and local government finance.

Paul Latham

COO International, Live Nation Entertainment

Paul joined Apollo Leisure on his 24th birthday on 24th September 1984, in the role of Assistant Theatre Manager at the Apollo Theatre Oxford. At the time, Apollo had only six theatres.

Penny Power

Founder Ecademy - Founder and CEO Digital Youth Academy

Social Media Expert, Author, Entrepreneur and founder of Ecademy and the Digital Youth Academy. Penny Power, has dedicated her life for the past 13 years to the growth of SMEs by helping them connect through and understand the social web.

In 1998 Penny founded Ecademy, the UK’s first social network for business, with her husband Thomas. Ecademy is now a global operation with members in over 200 countries. Underpinning the network’s success is the powerful feeling of being part of a community and the strong intention that each member has towards supporting one another.

Peter Jones

Dragons’ Den and Founder of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy - A patron of The Gazelle Group

Peter Jones’ ambition of running a multi-million pound company can be traced back to his early childhood. He spent many an occasion whiling away the hours after school at his father’s place of work, dreaming of entrepreneurial success while sitting in his father’s executive leather chair.

Peter Mountford

Chairman, Heropreneurs

Peter Mountford is a successful financier, experienced Non-Executive Director, and active investor. He is the Chariman of Heropreneurs, an organisation formed to help ex service men and women create their own businesses.

Priya Lakhani

Founder, Masala Masala & SOCO

Priya Lakhani started her career as a successful media barrister, working for numerous newspapers across the country. However, in August 2008, Priya decided to quit her legal career to become an entrepreneur and launch Masala Masala, a fresh Indian stir-in sauce company.

Rajeeb Dey

CEO, Enternships.com - Co-Founder, StartUp Britain

Rajeeb graduated in 2008 with First Class Honours in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford.

He is the Founder/CEO of Enternships.com – a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in start-ups & SMEs and was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009. Rajeeb is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain – a campaign supported by HM Government which aims to celebrate, inspire and accelerate entrepreneurship in the UK which was launched in March 2011 by the Prime Minister.

Will King

Founder & CEO The King of Shaves Company Ltd

The King of Shaves brand was created by Will King in the depths of the UK recession in the early 1990’s.

Following redundancy, King decided to build his own business, King of Shaves, and his first product was shaving oil, which solved his personal problem with shaving - razor burn. It wasn't long before he was filling thousands of small plastic bottles in the kitchen of his home, and then his big break came when he landed a deal for Harrods to stock his product in September 1993, followed by Boots in May 1994.