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Shirin Dehghan

Talented entrepreneur Shirin Dehghan formed a pioneering software company which helped mobile networks handle the rush of phone traffic in the advent of 3G mobile internet. After a decade of remarkable growth at Arieso, when her software was used to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the London 2012...

Gordon Clyne

Gordon Clyne is a veteran Silicon Valley executive and startup adviser who has managed the innovation and expansion of high technology around the globe. He introduced cutting-edge products to the African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern markets across seven years with Apple before singlehandedly growing SanDisk’s product line of custom USB...

Jim Wicks

Biotech entrepreneur Jim Wicks co-founded DNA detection-based business Primerdesign in 2004 from within the University’s Faculty of Medicine. Starting on a shoestring budget, the company delivered highly profitable accounts from year one, resulting in a multimillion pound turnover and a world-renowned reputation in their field. Following the successful sale of the business, Jim guides...

Simon MacKenzie

Simon MacKenzie believes that communication is key to developing a successful business. “It’s like learning language and the quicker you learn how to communicate well, the better,” he explains. With more than 15 years’ experience of senior business and scientific roles, in drug discovery, innovation, business development and collaborative alliance...

Geoff Baker

Geoff Baker has co-founded and sold two successful companies in a pioneering example of mechanical engineering’s entrepreneurial spirit. His professional journey has taken him from the initial stages of the Concorde jet’s supersonic development to the intricacies of the industrial, defence, oil and gas markets. Geoff learned from his early business...

Ben Cons

Ben Cons is a passionate entrepreneur and risk taker who has enjoyed commercial success in the strategic growth and sale of innovations in the pharmaceutical sector. He has managed well over a billion dollars of deals across two decades’ experience in drug development and commercialisation for pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and...

Andrew Doe

Andrew Doe is an adept digital leader with more than two decades’ experience transforming the performance of businesses through digital technologies. A serial entrepreneur, he has directed three startups that include British internet success confetti.co.uk. He has spent the majority of his career in e-commerce, helping brands like News Corp,...

Steve Braithwaite

Electronics expert Steve Braithwaite has consulted for over 50 startups and companies in his role as founder and Managing Director of a growing electronics consultancy. During a technical and entrepreneurial career, Steve has co-founded a social-minded startup delivering telecommunications networks to rural African communities and developed military satellite communications products with Marconi Secure...

Layla Stacey

Layla Stacey’s tenacious competitive spirit has earned her sustained success across a dynamic career in marcoms (marketing and communications). She shone in exciting posts at PR and marketing agencies up and down the country before setting up two PR companies – most recently at Southampton Science Park. Layla is the Founder...

Brian Luff

Brian Luff discovered an entrepreneurial spark mid-way through his career which led him to found and grow two businesses in the software sector. He started as a Software Engineer, System Designer and Business Area Manager before he established a UK subsidiary of a US software company. Around a decade later,...

Simon Kampa

Simon Kampa has made the transition from software engineer to business director in an impressive career which has included spells in the defence, energy and space sectors. A proud Southampton alumnus, he rose through the ranks at Lockheed Martin, Roke Manor Research Limited and CRITICAL Software before co-founding predictive analytics...

Josh Valman

Josh Valman’s uncompromising focus turned a childhood fascination with engineering into a million pound business by the age of 19. Once a youthful contestant in the popular Robot Wars TV series, this teenage millionaire taught himself product design through an obsessive hobby and became a freelance consultant for multinational firms. He...

Thomas Papakostas

Thomas Papakostas is driven by a desire to develop new technologies that will enhance human lives. He gathered experience in Greece, the UK and America before pursuing his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Thomas is the founder of R&D CORE Ltd, a business specialising in the research, development and...

Ali Saheli

Ali Saheli’s passionate creativity has been at the core of his ability to turn innovative ideas into business opportunities since an ambitious move across the Atlantic. Ali graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 and chose to move to Canada and later the US as he explored a string of entrepreneurial ideas....

Mike Payne

Serial entrepreneur Mike Payne remembers computers the size of rooms when he was an Electrical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Southampton. Technology has catapulted forward since his student days and Mike has been at the leading edge of semiconductors, circuits and software across an international career. He co-founded several technology...

Bruno Johnson

Bruno Johnson is an expert in the innovation, design and creation of products for the electronics industry. His years of business experience led him to co-found semiconductor specialist Cascoda and he is now preparing to launch a pioneering new technology he believes can offer ‘immense value’ to society. Bruno knows...