Elizabeth Varley is the Founder and CEO of TechHub, the global tech startup community. TechHub works with over 750 tech companies all around the world to help them scale. Headquartered in the UK, there are TechHubs in six cities around the world: London, New York, Bangalore, Riga, Bucharest and Swansea.
Elizabeth has been selected for Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 top influencers, the Evening Standard’s Silicon 60, the Debrett’s 500, Vogue UK’s Generation Tech and Cosmopolitan’s Fierce 40 Under 40, among others. She has been a judge for many technology and business awards and is a sought-after conference speaker around the world.
Previously, she worked with small business advice site Smarta, with Germination on the SHINE unconference for social entrepreneurs, and headed the team for international charity festival Twestival London in 2009-2010. After copywriting, editing and senior content strategy and management roles in her earlier career, she ran editorial and content agency Online Content UK and the community for online content professionals, plus programmed and produced digital and tech-focused events for Chinwag and NMK.
She is committed to supporting the wider technology industry and was one of the founding steering committee members of the DigitalEve women in technology organisation in the UK and was a consultant with e-skills UK on a project to encourage girls to get involved in IT and new media.
Alastair is a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of financial experience at main board level in both listed and private equity backed companies.
Alastair trained with Coopers & Lybrand in Manchester and, over the last ten years, has specialised in working with a portfolio of early-stage technology ventures.
Ben Hookway has held C-level positions in three tech start ups in both the US and UK, gaining VC funding and achieving successful exits.
After moving back to the UK from San Francisco he settled in the Manchester area but spends most of his time in London, and makes sure he has regular trips to Edinburgh where he is originally from.
He now works with various companies on commercialisation, funding and strategy.
Andrew leads TechHub’s operations, growth and partnerships internationally, including TechHub’s global relationship with Google for Startups. He has worked with startups across Europe and launched TechHub Bangalore back in 2014. He also works closely with BT plc on the ‘BT Infinity Lab’ programme.
Before TechHub, Andrew was Programme Director at London First, the business group which works to make London the leading city in the world to do business.
Andrew lives in East London, is proud owner of a 1974 Mini Clubman and once had tea with the Dalai Lama.
Simonetta joined TechHub while searching for a life-changing opportunity. She is a coffeeholic Italian graduate in Communication and Marketing and in love with life. She believes that the ways to improve oneself are endless and wants to try them all!
Memento Audere Semper!
(Remember to be always daring!)
Having graduated in Psychology and Anthropology at Southampton Cassie started her career in recruitment.
Before moving to London full time she decided to take a break to travel around Colombia naming it her favourite country to date! Now having worked in the startup world for over 3 years in various sales roles she now takes on the EDM role at TechHub – her favourite challenge yet!
Cassie likes to dance – trained in Ballet before moving to HipHop and became National Champs with her team in 2014. A veggie, and would rather carry all her shopping in her arms than purchase a plastic bag.
Tom is Ecosystem Development Manager for TechHub in London.
He has 5 years experience supporting startups, particularly in the FinTech space, and has built a strong network across the London startup community. At TechHub he is focused on relationships and outreach with high growth companies.
Previously, Tom was an early member of the FintechConnect team which played a pivotal role in advocating the growth of FinTech the sector in London.
A consummate geek, Tom has always built computers and even worked in technical support at his local computer store. In his free time, Tom is a prolific investor on Kickstarter and an avid Formula 1 fan. He is also currently planning a wedding which will take place later this year.
After a 15 years as a hairdresser, Harriet has changed careers and joined TechHub as Community Operations Coordinator. Her friends call her ‘Ninja’ as she often solves their problems before they even happen.
Harriet is so excited to learn about the tech world and to look after the community. Harriet hates exercise but loves a good dance and long walks.
Perdie has been working in the startup ecosystem for a few years after a life changing trip to Africa where she helped Ghanaian entrepreneurs set up innovative businesses, and fell in love with supporting entrepreneurs grow. She has a degree in Business Management, a Masters in Entrepreneurship, and has set up two businesses herself so understands the ups and downs of having your own business.
As TechHub’s Head of Programme, she spends the majority of her time organising our member support programme, which helps TechHub members scale, fast. The rolling programme involves bringing in external experts to provide our members with support and advice to help them grow. Perdie also organises external events, including our flagship event #TechHubTuesday Demo Night (you can also find her hosting this!), and liaises with those interested in hiring TechHub’a event space. To get in touch with Perdie about the member support programme, or the event space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as business, Perdie has an addiction to True Crime, and can talk for hours about her fascination with criminology.
Margaret Anne is excited to join the TechHub team as Events Coordinator and help support London’s thriving tech startup ecosystem.
She happily now calls London home after living in America and Italy and is completing her undergraduate business degree (with a particular focus on the FashTech sector).
Margaret Anne is a distance runner and her favourite topics of conversation involve fashion, feminism and funding rounds.
Mel oversees TechHub’s global finance functions, future business modelling and runs TechHub’s finance team.
Before the days of TechHub, she worked as Finance Manager in a tech startup called Handmade Mobile Entertainment Ltd, which created apps for B list celebs and dating.
Originally from Namibia, Mel has been in the UK so long she might be British! You can always win her over with a bottle of Jäger & medium rare steak.
After studying Finance and Business at the University of Portsmouth, Stefan held a short career in IT Recruitment before deciding to follow his passion for Finance. He joined the TechHub Finance team in January 2018 and hasn’t looked back since.
Originally from South London, Stefan is of Serbian descent and a 6ft 5 giant…you won’t miss him around the office! He’s super friendly and always up for a chat.
Although he rarely cycles to work, Stefan is the proud owner of a custom track bike and is really into his fashion and music.
Michael has recently relocated back to London after living Melbourne for 2 years. Michael has over 5 years experience in Facilities and Property Management within the creative and digital industry.
Michael’s fun fact is that he was 6 years reigning British champion of Artistic Roller Skating and represented Great Britain for 6 years competing in European and World Championships. After hanging up his skates he enjoys hanging out with his friends and finding new brunch spots.
Kristian comes with a broad background of experiences, with 5+ years advising in technology trends and successfully having built his own company, he knows the in’s and out’s of technology and the struggles of starting a company and building products. He also volunteers his time to a charity focusing on helping founders understand their business and build their dreams from idea to product.
Kristian will be the first line of support to our community, assisting founders and their companies with any challenges they might have in starting and running their business, and will be the connector both in the internal and external ecosystem, ensuring the TechHub members get all the assistance and support they need in their journey to success.
Andris is an experienced global technology entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor, actively supporting the growing Baltic startup community.
Previously he served in various C-level positions, most recently at Livebookings, Europe’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations. Prior to that, he led marketing, business development and EMEA sales for AeroScout, a global provider of Wi-Fi location solutions that was sold to Stanley Black & Decker.
Andris is also Investment Advisor for the Stockholm-based venture capital fund Creandum. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bsc in Management & Systems from City University.
Gunars is a start-up entrepreneur, currently CEO and Co-Founder of Rentmama, an innovative car rental service that brings together renters and small or mid-sized car rental companies.
Rentmama is a graduate of Denmark’s StartupBootcamp and the UK’s Ignite 100 programs. Gunars is also a co-owner and CEO of IT House, a Ruby on Rails web application development company.
He is a leader of the start-up community in Latvia, co-organising Open Coffee Club Riga and Garage48 events.
Gunars is also a member of Junior Chamber International and holds a Masters degree in Socio-Technical Systems engineering and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology, both from the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Ernests is CEO and Co-Founder of Reach.ly, a social media big data search tool. Ernests has spent the last 6 years working in social media and web projects as a co-owner of SIA SOON. In 2008, together with Reach.ly cofounder Kaspars, he built a recommendation engine for geographic places and more recently an affiliate-driven direct marketing hotel bookings site.
He is active in the Baltic rim and Nordic startup scene, organising events such as Garage48 in Riga. Ernests holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Ventspils.
Viesturs has served as CEO for a Latvian audio technology startup RealSoundLab for the past 7 years, leading the company through successful development of a licensing business model with major global consumer brands.
Viesturs is also non-executive Director at start-up Petersoon, as well as Managing Director of TechVentures FMC, and mentor to various Baltic accelerator and incubator programs.
Viesturs earned his MBA from the Open University Business School and his MD from Stradins University.
Alise is responsible for making things happen at TechHub Riga. She manages the operations and partnership projects, and is on a mission to make TechHub Riga the central space for startups in Latvia.
All the previous experience gained in various industries such as Advertising, Marketing, Culture, Events, Finance and even Shipping, Alise is putting to good use in tackling daily challenges at the hub.
Alise has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and is working on her Master’s degree in Creative Industries Management. She loves movies, music, photography and believes in the power of synergy.
Santa joined TechHub Riga team after completing a voluntary service year in Finlands’ coolest eco-village Livonsaari. She gained an invaluable experience having lived in a small sustainable community that appreciates harmonious cooperation, and wanted to bring some of that back with her.
Santa decided to join TechHub as community manager to use the vast array of experiences and skills for something great. She is creating a harmonious vibe and making sure life goes smoothly.
For most of her life Santa has worked in the event management industry. From small gatherings to large-scale events, festivals and international camps. And as a philosophy graduate Santa is interested in conversations about meaning and the meaning of meaning.
Daniel is the CEO of TechHub, and one of the most passionate people about entrepreneurship and supporting the tech community in Romania.
His past experience encompasses being Marketing Manager for the Post-Privatization Foundation, the first Romanian foundation devoted solely to entrepreneurship.
He’s also part of the team that develops two important projects for Romanian entrepreneurship: School for Startups Romania and the Business Mentoring Program.
He coordinates all the events that happen at TechHub Bucharest and constantly works on strategically supporting the tech community in Romania.
Adriana draws her inspiration from the people who believe in their ideas and engineers them into reality. As a student in Engineering and Management, she’s always getting involved in different projects and she was the Program Manager or IP Workshop (a summer camp for IT students).
She took a step further trying to build her own startup, PillBuzz, which was part of MVP Academy Class of 2014. She’s now chanelling her inner geek to manage and expand the community at TechHub Bucharest, while soaking up all the relevant knowledge in the area. Adriana loves reading, hiking, and she’s a declared coffee lover.
Liviu is coordinating all the events happening at TechHub. He considers that helping the startup tech environment in Bucharest grow and thrive is a truly rewarding experience.
He has been previously been a Business Developer in 2 startups, the director of the Warwick Apprentice competition and a Project Manager for Let’s Do It, Romania!, the biggest social movement in the country.
Liviu enjoys riding a fresh powder on the ski slope, being in the outdoors and reading.
Matt is an eCommerce veteran with over 12 years experience selling stuff online. He founded JuraWatches, UK largest online luxury watch retailer.
His latest startup Veeqo recently raised £1.2m through crowdfunding.
Paul is a seasoned web entrepreneur with a proper grey beard! He’s a full stack developer with a working knowledge of BigData systems and is into cryptocurrency in all it’s forms (and loves to help startups grow). He is currently starting a new cryptocurrency venture called investor.one.
Originally from Swansea, Paul spent the last 17 years working on his own web companies in Bristol and London and founded TechHub Swansea because he wanted to see the South Wales scene grow and transform peoples opportunities, as he has seen in other cities.
Tim is co-founder and CEO of Mint Digital, a London and New York based digital agency and Europe’s most active startup studio.
Mint has helped clients from Tesco to Goldman Sachs develop digital products and has also developed and launched over 60 startups of it’s own.
Tim is Chairman of DeskBeers and an investor in Boomf.
Jen manages the operations, growth and many partnerships at TechHub Swansea.
She has a wealth of experience having moved back to Wales after spending the last 10 years in Bristol and London, where she has held a variety of roles. Operationally she has been responsible for opening and closing offices around the world, and strategically she has managed the client relationships and projects for a leading Digital Transformation Agency across a number of blue-chip companies and sectors.
Jen is passionate about growing the tech cluster in Swansea and creating a tech ecosystem around TechHub. It is such an exciting time to be working in technology in Wales. The fastest growing tech economy in the UK outside of London.
Sarah manages all meetings and event bookings for TechHub Swansea, alongside providing functional day-to-day support for the CEO, Jen Clay, and the growing community.
With over 8 years experience in creative and project management for global fashion retailers, Sarah has vast experience in event and exhibition setup and communications.
She is working alongside Jen to bring the events arm to life within TechHub Swansea, and is looking forward to the opportunities that it brings to the community and its members.