Incubator Modules and Workshops are facilitated by a team of successful entrepreneurs, institutional players, leading venture capital investors, experts, and guest speakers - including below:
Incubator Facilitators & Technical Partners
Lisa Lambie - Chief Executive & Trustee, Positive Planet UK. 20+ year track record as a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and board member spanning private equity, Family Office investments, investment banking, operations, and venture capital incl. extensive experience in funding and mentoring entrepreneurs and SMEs. Responsible for strategy and management of PPUK, as well as a key role and responsibility in developing and funding programs for Positive Planet in Africa. Prior to PPUK, Co-Founder of SHIL Private Investment Office making direct principal investments and providing investment advisory in Europe and Africa; Managing Director and Keyman for $212mm Africa Private Equity Fund – joint GP with Actis LLP; Barclays Capital Director for Emerging Markets Structuring and Head of Distribution/Capital Markets Sub Saharan Africa, at JP Morgan and BAML ~ Director for EMEA Leveraged Finance & Financial Sponsor Coverage with primary responsibility for The Blackstone Group and Clayton Dubilier & Rice; Co-Founder and headed Investment Banking / Corporate Finance for 2nd largest financial institution in Caribbean. Boards have included PPUK, Institute of Directors (Highlands & Islands, Scotland), AfrAsia Bank, Mecene Investments, CALLEFI, Intl. Lawyers for Africa, Canadian Council on Africa, Ethiopian Childrens Fund, The Wharton Club of Africa (Founder); Global Co-Chair of WCA Family Office Network of 400+ single family offices. BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.
Gillian Rowe - Program Manager, PP Womens Venture Incubator 2019. Gillian Rowe is a successful entrepreneur and experienced program coordinator with 10+ years of project management experience. She is the Founder of Lex Nova Core, a professional EU project management and administration firm; Co-Founder of Read For Life Inc, a literacy focused non-profit organisation; as well as, an award-winning author of the children’s book ‘But Johnny Didn’t Hear Me’. She is passionate about tech-enabled ventures and internet governance, being a member of the Internet Society. As a member of JCI International she also contributes to youth development and youth-led projects impacting countries. She is a student member of the International Bar Association, and is currently completing an LLB in Law at Northumbria University UK.
Joanna Michaels - Social Media Strategist – PPUK | Founder – Beyond Social Buzz | Trainer - Facebook. Joanna is a social media marketer, international speaker, lecturer, published author and Founder of Beyond Social Buzz. Effective and engaging social media trainer who delivers regular talks and workshops for start-up hubs, universities, and a wide range of organisations. One of 25 nationally accredited She Means Business Trainers for Facebook and delivers regular events for female founders. Joanna brings a wealth of knowledge in helping start-ups and established SME businesses build their brands on social media and convert followers into customers.
Prof. Lynne Cadenhead - Angel Investor & Entrepreneur | Chairwoman, Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) | Presenter & Ambassador, Women on Boards UK | Advisory Board, Technology Scotland | CEO, Quest Game Director, Emotional Sciences | Chair (Scotland), UNICEF UK | Advisory Board (Business School), Edinburgh Napier University. WES is a catalyst for economic growth and inclusion, working to create an environment where women can start up in business and thrive. WES has multiple private and public sector partners including RBS/Natwest and the South Eastern European Women’s Business Angel Network. Lynne is an entrepreneur and business angel investor working with and investing in a variety of technology and retail companies.
Siân Prime - Director for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship; Head, MA & MSc Social Entrepreneurship Program; Lecturer in Digital Entrepreneurship; Management of Innovation; Fashion Design | Goldsmiths Institute (University of London). 20+ years experience in working with start-up and mid-stage enterprises and entrepreneurs in the UK and globally; as well as, advising corporations in value creation, leadership, corporate entrepreneurship, and innovation. Co-Investigator into new digital business models and online audience development approaches, and currently writing a book for publisher Routledge on Cultural and Creative projects and sustainability. Worked to deliver business advice, training and coaching for social innovation start-ups, creative individuals and organisations. She has also developed a blended learning approach to training mentors and people wishing to develop careers in the creative industries. Clients have included UK’s Combined Arts Venue Network, Natverkstan, Globalverkstan Goteborg, IIMB Bangalore, ITB Indonesia, the GoDown, Arts Council England, Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland and Comic Relief’s Tech for Good, Istituto Luigi Sturzo Italy, ENCATC, Romatre University, Italy and the Leisure Studies Institute of University of Deusto, Spain, funded by the European Commission’s Life Long Learning Fund.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji - Co-Founder & CEO, Flutterwave | Co-Founder, Andela “Entrepreneur in the Public Interest looking for opportunities to impact a billion lives”. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji has been blazing a trail across the innovation and technology space in Africa; and is passionate about building the future by working with the fastest growing entrepreneurial communities to leverage technology as an instrument of change. Co-Founder of Andela in 2014, which is today Africa’s largest engineering organisation with over 1,000 software engineers, later invested in by Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Andela recently closed in 2019 an additional capital raise of US$100mm one of the largest ever for a tech start-up globally. Co-Founder & CEO of Flutterwave in 2016 (one of the largest Africa Fintech start-ups to date) which has processed close to US$2 billion in payments across 50 million transactions and has attracted significant investment from Mastercard, Y Combinator, Greycroft, Omidyar Network, Greenvisor Capital. Member of Nigerian President’s Industrial Policy & Competitiveness Advisory Council. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Raj Kulasingam - Senior Counsel, Dentons LLP | Angel Investor and Entrepreneur. Raj is an investor in multiple companies and advises on structuring and investing in various sectors including in the UK real estate sector. 20+ years of experience providing legal and strategic advice on private equity transactions, M&A, corporate/commercial, energy and infrastructure transactions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. A frequent speaker on private equity, financing energy and infrastructure projects; and writes a monthly column on finance and infrastructure for Financial Nigeria/Nigeria Development Finance Forum.
Kanini Mutooni - Chairman, Global Innovation Fund (GIF) | Chairman – Advocacy Accelerator | Managing Director (EMEA), Toniic Institute. Transforming ideas into impact - improving lives through social innovation. GIF is a non-profit innovation fund headquartered in London that invests $50k to $15mm per venture in the development and scaling of social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Since 2014, GIF has backed 40 innovations and reached 28 million people. GIF uses rigorous evidence and development economics to identify and invest in high-impact early-stage enterprises situated in the funding gap between angel and later-stage investors in private equity and development finance. Toniic is the global action network and community for qualified angel and impact investors with members in over 20 countries. Prior, Kanini was Director for Investment at the $65m USAID-funded East Africa Trade & Investment Hub; set up the first UK platform for SME funding over $50m in debt capital in Eastern and Western Europe. Investment Committee for African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m impact fund. Recognised by Barclays Wealth as one of the most influential women in the City of London. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for exceptional leadership in business, health, and global entrepreneurship.
Emily Nott - Head of Diversity & Inclusion Programmes, Innovate UK. Innovate UK is the UK's Innovation agency that works with people, companies and partner organisations to identify and drive science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Since 2007, Innovate UK has invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, matched by a further £1.5 billion in partner and business funding, and has helped more than 5,000 innovative companies in projects estimated to add £7.5 billion to the UK economy, and created 35,000 new jobs. Innovate UK spearheads various award programs including Women in Innovation Awards and recently launched a global review of diversity and inclusion in business innovation.
Yvonne Greeves - Enterprise Management and Head of Women in Business at Natwest, RBS & Ulster Bank. Yvonne is responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the Women in Business strategy andprogramme for NatWest & the Royal Bank of Scotland across the UK, working with key stakeholders both internally and externally across the UK to deliver tangible results and return on investment. Responsible for the bank’s Business Banking’s Enterprise Strategy, and delivering the Scotland-specific Enterprise Agenda for Enterprise Education, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship. Trustee for Firstport Scotland supporting social enterprises and entrepreneurs. Chairwoman of Msmissmrs. MBA from University of Glasgow.
Rosalind Kainyah MBE. Rosalind Kainyah MBE is an experienced professional Non-Executive Director and trusted advisor to global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships. She ensures that her clients’ operations have positive socioeconomic impacts on the countries in which they operate, whilst realising optimal financial value. In addition to currently serving on the Boards of several leading companies she was previously VP of External Affairs and CSR at Tullow Oil and was responsible for setting up De Beers USA. Rosalind was awarded an MBE in 2019 and named one of the top 50 Leading Females professionals of Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. Rosalind began her career as an environmental lawyer, then as a corporate lawyer at Linklaters. Rosalind is a Non-Executive Director of Aker Energy ASA; CAL Bank Ghana; GEMS Africa; Invest in Africa.
Lu Li - Founder, Blooming Founders. Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders founded in 2015 and today one of the largest female entrepreneur networks in the London metropolitan area. Blooming Founders is a platform that leverages the power of networks to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed; runs an award-winning co-working space in Shoreditch; and offers professional services to corporates and government entities. Author of “Dear Female Founder”, a collection of personal letters written by 66 female founders from 20 countries. In her previous corporate career, Lu launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
Dr. Zeynep Kaparoglu - Innovation and Information Systems, London School of Economics (LSE). Dr. Kaparoglu has a PhD in Digital Innovation and Information Systems, and has been teaching at the LSE since 2015, covering a range of topics including Innovation Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Consuming Behaviour, and Information Systems. Prior to the LSE, she worked in the banking sector on innovative projects such as Contactless Payment and 3D Secure Payment for e-commerce. Dr. Kaparoglu works with 120+ MSc students in digital innovation in the LSE Design Spring Bootcamp as part of the LSE faculty and industry consultants, helping entrepreneurs go from idea to design and prototype in just five days.
Kevin Hurst - Head of Marketing (EMEA), Salesforce.com Inc. Kevin heads a team of high-performers across EMEA who create cutting edge marketing strategies for the world’s biggest brands to create innovative, multi-channel digital marketing programmes that leverage the full power of Salesforce marketing cloud. Clients include Philips Electronics, Barclays Bank, PwC UK, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Align Technology. Salesforce.com is an American cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Though the bulk of its revenue comes from its customer-relationship management (CRM) service, Salesforce training also sells a complementary suite of enterprise applications focused on customer service, marketing automation, analytics and application development. Salesforce was ranked first in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2018.