Our first program is a ‘Human Lending Library’ through which entrepreneurs looking for help can ‘borrow’ successful Expert entrepreneurs to help them solve their challenges and scale fast.
Founders and/or CEOs of ventures tackling issues in our target sectors can apply for an hour-long session with one of our Experts through our website. Our team then screens the applicants and matches them with the Expert we feel is best suited to advise them with their issue.
These sessions take place in a private room at the British Library where the entrepreneurs looking for advice can also avail themselves of the extensive resources provided by the excellent Business and IP Centre.
"We need to do as much as we can to support, nurture and celebrate the skills and determination of entrepreneurs in this country.
Connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with today's business leaders is vital for knowledge sharing, guidance and growth, so it's fantastic to see Expert Impact driving mentorship and formalising the opportunity.
I hope that this programme encourages more people with a great idea for making a positive social impact to think big and have the will to imagine, start and grow their own business."
CEO, Tech City UK
Applicants must be running a for-profit or not-for-profit organisation tackling important issues operating in one or more of the following sectors: education, healthcare, the arts, the sciences, human rights, poverty alleviation and the environment.
The applicant must have a specific business issue they'd like help with. Ventures we support will be past the concept stage and will be anything from a few months to many years old, based in the UK or abroad.
The British Library’s Business & IP Centre was launched in 2006 with the aim to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. Providing small business advice, support and resources the Centre has been used by more than 350,000 individuals, a number that increases alongside our offering of business support.
Founders Forum For Good channels the collective power of the Founders Forum community to amplify the impact of today's heroes of social change. It curates, celebrates and supports entrepreneurs using digital for social impact, providing platforms for collaboration, mentorship and development.
John is Founder and Chairman of private investment holding company Archimedia, which invests in the technology, real estate and consumer sectors. The current Archimedia portfolio includes Aman Resorts, Geckoboard, Graze, Le Chameau, Made.com, Moncler, SuperValu, Virgin Mobile and Qinec.
John is a serial entrepreneur who has created or co-created companies with a combined market value of over $1 billion. He has extensive experience in creating and building successful new ventures across many sectors and geographies having spent over five years in each of London, New York and Silicon Valley. John started as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble and VP Marketing at Kraft General Foods (Diageo).
His entrepreneurial activities started as co-founder of Seattle Coffee Company (espresso store chain) acquired by Starbucks and founder of Syzygy (e-commerce consulting) funded by WPP then floated on the German Stock market. He subsequently founded or co-founded many other new ventures that either went public or were acquired by public companies. He has been an active private investor in London since 2008.
Katharine spent over four years at Accenture in their think tank and later co-created their UK Mobile Strategy practice. From Accenture she was recruited to run DropGifts UK - a social gifting service within the Rocket Internet stable. She is passionate about impact and entrepreneurship, also serving as a Business Advisory Board member of ENACTUS LSE, supporting LSE students setting up social enterprises and as an Advisory Board member for SIME Non-Profit the only conference in Europe linking social enterprises to new developments in digital technology.
Kendra joined the Expert Impact team from WHEB - an investment management firm with an environmental focus - where she worked closely with founding partner Ben Goldsmith and the investor relations team. Prior to that she worked in the not-for-profit sector as a grants officer disbursing funds to charitable projects across England. She caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying Microfinance in International Development.