We work with mission-led entrepreneurs who want to change the world for the better. Here are some of the extraordinary people we’ve worked with so far…

Carlene Jackson, CEO of Cloud9 Insight

Carlene Jackson is the CEO of Brighton-based tech company Cloud9 Insight, a Microsoft Gold Partner which has provided more than 700 UK businesses with cloud-based CRM software systems. Founded in 2010, the company has 30 staff and is also an award winning provider of training and apprenticeship programmes, which it runs through its sister company, Vantage Academy.

Carlene believes passionately in developing staff and nurturing talent and has a brilliant track record in doing so. She’s on a mission to change how we think about neurological conditions, such as dyslexia.

Carlene says: “Technology is transforming workplaces and is doing much of the heavy lifting. What will distinguish winners from losers is the ability to think differently and solve complex problems.

“As a dyslexic person, I want to inspire a movement that embraces neurodiversity, where all employers recognise the value of employing people who think differently.”

Simon Paine and Alan Donegan, co-founders of Pop-Up Business School

Pop-Up Business School was founded in 2011 by Alan Donegan and Simon Paine. The company helps people from all walks of life to start their own business.

PopUp’s mission is to change the way entrepreneurship is taught across the world. It has educated over 6000 people in six different countries through free events, and helped launch 680 businesses in 2018 alone. Its work has been backed by organisations including Google, Henley Business School, Westminster City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Simon Paine says: “PopUp Business School is the best business advice that money can’t buy – all of our events are free. At the end of most business courses, you are presented with a bill. On ours, many attendees make their first sale.

“We are on a mission to change the way entrepreneurship is taught. You don’t need to write a business plan or take on a loan. It all starts with the first sale.”

Inspirational leadership speaker and author, Caspar Craven

Caspar Craven is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of personal development company The Brave You. He is the author of ‘Where the Magic Happens’, which details his family’s sailing voyage around the world, a trip that defined his business philosophy. He is a keynote speaker and business advisor, working for clients such as Ipsen Pharmacuetical, KPMG and DataCore.

Caspar says: “The divorce rate among CEOs is above average – it’s become normal. We’ve accepted the idea that you work hard for years and neglect your family so you can enjoy the benefits later.

“Business leaders are sacrificing their family life for success at work – this has got to change. I teach people to understand they need two teams: one for work and one for family.”

Christine Telyan, CEO of UENI of London

Christine Telyan is the CEO and co-founder website and online tech company UENI, which builds over 3000 business websites per day. Launched in 2014, the company has raised over $30M in angel investment, was recently valued at $100M and is active in the UK, Spain, France, India, United States, Mexico, Canada and Brazil.

Christine says: “Our mission is to make all of the world’s businesses visible online.”

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