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ANNA HARPER

Area of expertise:
Property investment and development. Through our business, www.landmarkprojectslondon.com, myself and my business partner buy property on behalf of private investors and for ourselves. We then add value, for example through refurbishment, and rent or sell the assets. We have done over 35 deals in the last year worth over £6m, mostly in regeneration areas in Greater London, and the pipeline for future deals looks strong. It was my degree in Land Economy at Cambridge which sparked my interest in property investment in the first place.

Gainful employment:
Prior to running the business, my experience was in Strategy Consulting for a Big 4 Accounting firm in the City (Deloitte). My focus areas included corporate marketing/client relationship strategies, for clients ranging from Private Equity investors to large investment banks. After 5 years, at Manager grade, I left the corporate world to run my property business full time.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
I was never particularly entrepreneurial at school. I did a charitable bake sale once…! Aside from that, my first taste of running anything entrepreneurial was a few years into my corporate career. Once I realised I could make more money through a property business than I could through my job, could scale that, and control my time and activities through running a business, I got a lot more interested in being entrepreneurial!

Were you successful?
The first year of running a business was brilliant learning, and after that, it started to become a ‘success’ financially. I tested a few difference ideas at the beginning, and worked with different partners, before hitting on the right mix of activities with the right business partner and investors, and really understanding where I could add value to the business.

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PATRICK STOBBS

Area of expertise (sector or vertical)
Sales & Operations.

Gainful employment:
Co-founder of Jukedeck.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
A choral boyband.

Were you successful?
For about three gigs.

Latest bright idea:
App that lets you design your own football.

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ADAM RIMMER

Area of expertise (sector or vertical)
Insurance, Financial Services, Risk, Sport.

Gainful employment:
Senior Consultant at RMS – a silicon valley firm that builds computer models of natural catastrophes for insurance firms, governments and corporations.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
Pick Fantasy Rugby.

Were you successful?
To a point – had a prototype app developed, slick pitch deck together, etc. Ultimately couldn’t afford to give up our salaries to go at it full-time just yet.

Latest bright idea:
Something called parametric flood insurance. Watch this space…

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ALICE THWAITE

Area of expertise (sector or vertical)
Sales & Marketing / B2B Strategy.

Gainful employment:
Business Development at CEB, Publishing and Sales roles at Raconteur, Head of Commercial at Cronycle, Founder and CEO at Hattusia (!!!).

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
First one post age 21 was Irregular Feet – I wanted to find a way to create mass market bespoke shoes.

Were you successful?
No.

Latest bright idea:
The one I’m working on now – I promote alternative points of view to the metropolitan mainstream. Check out www.echochamber.club

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ROB BLYTHE

Area of expertise:
Recruitment, sales, start-ups, management.

Gainful employment:
Set up straight after graduating from university. Had a few internships at university but have never worked for anyone on a permanent basis.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
Instant Impact (current company) – an internship and graduate recruitment company.

Were you successful?
We were profitable after 3 months and have grown year-on-year to where we are now after 5 years. Still plenty of room to grow and get better.

Latest bright idea:
I’m going to keep my latest bright ideas close to my chest! However, previous entrepreneurial ideas are a self-compacting household rubbish bin and a planning website for travelers… Once you turn on the entrepreneurial tap there’s no way to turn it off!

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JOE METCALFE

Area of expertise:
Early stage (pre-revenue, pre-investment) opportunity identification & testing.

Gainful employment:
Strategy Consultant for 4 years advising B2B clients across healthcare, transport, construction & IT.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
Charity.St – the shopping app for charity shops.

Were you successful?
We’ll see! Give me a little more time…

Latest bright idea:
Replacing the standard, shabby laptop bag by reviving and redesigning the traditional briefcase for the modern man.

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FARID UL HAQUE

Area of expertise:
Edtech and Finch.

Gainful employment:
AssetVault (Techstars 2016).

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
www.erlystage.com

Were you successful?
No. But had a great time with it! And learnt a lot.

Latest bright idea:
A three earpiece earphone set each with its own mic so that 3 people sitting together can participate in a call with someone by using 1 phone. Crazy I know but have been there!

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ROSS FLECK

Area of expertise (sector or vertical)
Boot-strapping and early stage strategy — how do I organize my venture? What are the first one or two pieces I need in place? When, How, Who do I bring on to help?

Gainful employment:
HSBC International Management Program.

First Entrepreneurial Venture:
Selling magazine subscriptions door to door.

Were you successful?
Earned enough for my first computer at age of 12!

Latest bright idea:
A savings app which allows users to enter a goal (vacation package, new car, retirement savings etc) and then track progress towards goal by forgoing everyday purchases. Purchases foregone are logged into the phone to track savings and provide trend analysis back to user — ie you’re 35% of your way, the past month was your best month yet, you’ve generated 75% of your savings to date by skipping your morning latte. Depending on goal, product/service providers can learn about customer demographics an offer targeted advertising/discounts.