• Mentor Profiles

    Meet the best and brightest social entrepreneurs, industry leaders and business mentors in London who will mentor our entrepreneurs.

    Swapnil Gadgil

    CEO & Co-founder, Therapy Box

    Swapnil Gadgil is the CEO of the multi award winning Therapy Box. He started the company in 2010 and it has grown to be Europe’s leading assistive technology company with 50,000 people using their apps and clients around the world who commission and collaborate with Therapy Box including United Nations and Oxford University Press. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said of Therapy Box’s app that helps people to communicate if they have lost their voice: "Therapy Box focuses on the person and their own voice. Technology should adapt to let humans be humans, not vice versa. What a beautiful concept.”

    Alice Lacey

    CEO & Co-founder, now>press>play

    Alice Lacey is the co-founder and CEO of now>press>play, an award winning social enterprise which creates immersive audio resources for primary school children. now>press>play brings the curriculum to life through sound, story and movement for 35,000 children across the UK every week. Before founding now>press>play, Alice worked as a theatre director and assistant director at the Old Vic, National Theatre, and Royal Court.

    Benjamin Kott

    CEO & Founder, Energy Deck

    Benjamin Kott is the founder and CEO of EnergyDeck, an award-winning online platform that helps organisations optimise buildings and increase health and well-being. Previously, Benjamin was Google's Green Business Operations Manager and Clean Energy Manager for Europe. He also led Google's first investment in renewable energy generation outside of the U.S. In addition, he served as Google’s spokesperson on all matters related to the environment, energy and sustainability.

    Richard Swannell

    Development Director, WRAP

    Richard is Development Director for WRAP- a UK based charity, at the forefront of the circular economy - thought leaders, champions of action and catalysts for change. Richard is committed to working on ways of reducing man’s impact on the environment. A biochemist by training with a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, Richard is expert in delivering resource efficient and sustainable practices within business. In his current role, Richard is establishing a wider network to achieve impact globally. A current focus, within the remit of Healthy and Sustainable Eating is the delivery of the relevant UN sustainable Development Goal 12.3 with the objective of halving food waste.

    Melinda Nicci

    CEO & Founder, Body2Baby

    Melinda Nicci is the Founder and CEO of Baby2Body, Sport Psychologist, certified fitness trainer, and mom of two. Previous roles include Senior Director in Global Group Innovation for consumer healthcare at Philips, serving as an advisor for companies developing innovative health-tech solutions, consulting on investments for a VC, and as a visiting tutor at London Business School. Melinda is also on the health-tech working group of Tech London Advocates and founded the TLA HealthTech Start-up Competition.

    Carl Pratt

    Founder, Future Planet

    Carl Pratt is interested in the power of people and innovation to drive transformational change. His focus is on driving change by adding value through the arc of projects, from strategy, research and planning through to partnership building, implementation and execution. Through Carl’s career, he has worked in over 19 industries with experience spanning start-ups, large organisations and multi-nationals. Helping teams achieve their potential, delivering over 100 successful projects and partnerships, many often multi-national, with agencies, organisations and brands such as Sony Music, VFC Corporation, Cabinet Office, Welsh Government, The BBC, Unilever, General Mills, Virgin, Vodafone, Sony and Diageo.

    Rebecca Bright

    Co-founder, Therapy Box

    Rebecca Bright MBE is the co-founder of Therapy Box. Her clinical background has been the influencing factor in the success of her business which has been recognized with a slew of awards including the Queens Award for Enterprise. Rebecca herself has been acknowledged for her role in designing technology which helps many people around the world and also for supporting women in technology. In the 2016 New Years Honours, her Majesty the Queen named her a Member of the British Empire.

    Mark Hawley

    Professor and CATCH Director


    Mark is Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he leads the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group. He is also Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital, where he is Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, whose AT Team provides specialist electronic assistive technology services to people with disabilities in South Yorkshire.

    Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a clinician and researcher – providing, researching, developing and evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and telecare products and services for disabled people, older people and people with long-term conditions.


    William McQuillan

    Partner, Frontline Ventures

    William McQuillan is one of the founding employees of Ondra Partners, a startup investment-banking boutique. Within 18 months, Ondra grew from a four-person team to 70+ employees across London, New York, and Paris and was named the top investment banking boutique globally by Euromoney. Shortly thereafter William co-founded Osmoda, a fashion e-commerce company targeting young and up-and-coming designers. During the same time, William was also the London Ambassador for the Thousand Network, a community of over 1000 innovators under 30.

    Through his work at Osmoda and Thousand, William experienced firsthand the difficulty that European founders have when fundraising. This inspired him to join Will and Shay to set up Frontline, a fund that would usher in a new generation of early-stage venture capital in Europe.


    Ryan Fix

    Founder, Pure House

    Ryan Fix is the Founder of Pure House, which catalyzes nurturing culture and safe community within different contexts to include communal living and collaborative creation spaces driven by shared values and aligned action. Ryan employs his skills as a connector and catalyzer to promote a common good in the world. His passions are focused on how to use disruptive innovation, community organizing and values-driven principles for the expansion human consciousness. Ryan’s diverse background has taken him from finance on Wall Street to riding the first dot-com wave of entrepreneurship in the 90’s to being named one of the top real estate professionals in NYC under 30.

    Duncan Chamberlain

    Founder and Managing Director, Bridging to the Future

    Duncan is the inspiration and spirit behind Bridging to the Future. Bridging to the Future's origins are in investment in: start-ups, SOHOs, microbusinesses and early growth, businesses including social enterprises. Duncan's experience encompasses working for multinationals (including Whitbread), SMEs, social enterprises and as an entrepreneur. His drive and passion to support others on their business journey is rooted in a business philosophy which is based on nurturing, supporting and unleashing potential, and the systems and methods he has developed are based on his own learning curve, the benefit of a wide network and an intellectual curiosity. Duncan believes in a ‘small core model’ with optimal levels of delegation and empowerment.

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