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This week’s featured Coach/Mentors

I love sharing my innovation war stories, trying to help the people I work with avoid the mistakes I have made.

Kate Ainscough
I’m still learning too.
Kate Ainscough
Kate learnt her trade and developed her passion for customer led innovation and doing things differently whilst setting up and leading innovation teams for E.ON UK and Jaguar Land Rover. She also spent a year at the International Institute of Product and Service Innovation at the University of Warwick, working with Start-ups and SME’s. ​ For a lot of people the most daunting thing can be getting started so five years ago she founded Freestyle Innovation. She is super interested in trying new stuff and learning rather than just talking about it. She has a really diverse client list ranging from global corporates to start ups and also works with some prett…

Here to help with product, positioning and market validation.

James Wilkinson
James has established B2B and B2C businesses, has investor management experience and extensive experience raising non-dilutive funding.
James Wilkinson
James Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Envio, a retail technology company based in London. Having previously established an equipment rental provider in the live events industry in 2012, James became interested in optimising the consumer experience and logistics behind product rental which led him to found Envio in 2015. Backed by Techstars the company has patented and commercialised various technologies spanning software and hardware. One of James’ specialties is bootstrapping, with extensive experience raising non-dilutive funding, he is seasoned in delivering complex digital and physical products on shoestring budgets. James was awarded a GSW fellowship by the Massachusetts Insti…

I absolutely love to see the potential of people, projects and products …

Ida Adler Olsen
I adore all and anything related to customer-centricity and user-driven innovation. Sharing and learning is my key drivers of motivation.
Ida Adler Olsen
Ida Adler Olsen is a serial startup founder and venture builder with experience from e.g. SaaS and Fintech. Ida is specialised in uncovering customer needs and building digital consumer products. Find out more about Ida at her LinkedIn

The serendipity of meeting someone else with shared values and the possibility of working together to achieve amazing outcomes

Zoe Peden
Zoe is a huge Star Wars fan!
Zoe Peden
Zoe is an experienced tech entrepreneur and VC investor for Ananda Impact Ventures with over 20 years operating and board experience in technology companies. She co-founded one of the UK’s top grossing special education apps, MyChoicePad and now looks for Europe’s most impactful software entrepreneurs to invest in and partner for growth. Zoe is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School, Director of the UK chapter of the Startup Leadership Programme and founder of FutureWorldVC a community of diverse, impact minded VCs. Learn more about Zoe at her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoepeden/ And her websites: www.futureworldvc.com & www.ananda.vc https://twitt…
Cyrille NajjarCyrille Najjar

I’ve coached for over 14 years and love to shar…

Cyrille Najjar
I make things move! Fast!
Cyrille Najjar
Cyrille has founded, managed, and scaled companies in the UK and US including raising capital from corporates and venture capital. He has established partnerships with leading brands in Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, HVAC, and home appliances and has managed teams for both serverless and server-ba…
Hattie WillisHattie Willis

Becoming a founder is transformational, but it’s also brutal, if I can help take any of the pain out of that process, or increase your chance of success, there’s no other feeling like it.

Hattie Willis
I love feedback! Please keep telling me how I can improve or how else I can help!
Hattie Willis
Hattie is a Lean Startup Coach, Venture Builder and Founder of GuessWorks. Formerly Head of Training and Lean Startup Coach at Rainmaking Innovation, she has deep experience in entrepreneurship education, from embedding Innovation Accelerators into organizations with 14,000+ employees, to runnin…
Samer Habbal

I’d like to share my experience in corporate and startups

Samer Habbal
I have so much to share but even more to learn.
Samer Habbal
Samer Habbal
Samer is CEO and Founder of WriteCaliber, a content technology startup based out of Dubai that he led from concept to reality. Samer is a business leader experienced in growing regional and multinational businesses with a strong track record in leading B2B enterprise sales, professional account management, setting regional strategy and spearheading business transformations. Samer’s industry expertise revolves around financial technology and content. While leveraging his expertise in launching his startup, he has also become proficient in setting up digital businesses and building digital communities. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Samer has held multiple senior roles at Refinitiv (prev…
Carl Coddington

I enjoy seeing and being apart of other peoples business journey.

Carl Coddington
Helping businesses to harness their most important asset, their people.
Carl Coddington
Carl Coddington
I work with entrepreneurs and business leaders in becoming all-star employers and cultivate employee champions. Discover more about Carl at his LinkedIn And at his website: www.hireandscale.com
Simon Hulme

I am passionate about helping the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed.

Simon Hulme
I am happy to share what knowledge and experience I have gained.
Simon Hulme
Simon Hulme
Simon Hulme is a Programme Director of the MSc Entrepreneurship programme and Associate Professor at UCL School of Management, where he also lectures in Entrepreneurial Finance. Simon is also an active Business Angel investor, with around 30 investments. Simon is a serial entrepreneur having built up and sold two significant businesses in the past. At the age of 24 he started his first business, Frame Express, a chain of fast picture framing shops and subsequently Card Connection, a greeting card publisher distributing through over 100 franchisees in the UK and Ireland. Card Connection was in the Top 10 publishers in the greeting card industry. The business was sold to American Greetings…

There is something magical in seeing your mentees growing and even better seeing them out-growing you. Their success story feels like a medal you can hold on to for the rest of your life. I see mentorship as a journey, on which we will both learn from each other, aspire to become a better, a more mature version of ourselves and all that to the benefit of our communities.

Evangelos Kaldelis
Every problem has a solution and you can count on me to help you get there. I’m really passionate about helping people grow. How do I measure your growth though? With your value added to our society.
Evangelos Kaldelis
Evangelos is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in operations, talent management and business development. He is currently involved in various start-up projects as advisor, and he is also on the board of COO Network ME where he is responsible for the mentoring and start-up streams.  In his last role prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he held the role of the Head of Client Service & Transactions for Standard Chartered within the UAE for 5 years. Prior to his role at SC, he has invested over 12 years working across geographies for various banks, which also included leading the JP Morgan Private Bank Emerging Markets team for 8 years as Chief Operating Officer overse…
Freddie Talberg

I have a lot of experience as a tech growth entrepreneur and I totally u…

Freddie Talberg
I have been predominately a solo founder, creating my own tech businesses over the last 25 and continue to build new start up, so I am fairly active and current with the challenges of growing a start
Freddie Talberg
Freddie Talberg
Freddie is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of scaling businesses in the tech sector especially in: Transport, Smart Cities and Mapping. He has strong entrepreneurship, technical and creative product development skills; gained Professional skills at Board Level, Company Governance, Strategic Partnerships and Sales orientated growth strategies. Currently motivated to work with fellow entrepreneur founders with a growth tech business. The aim is to add value in how to handle the stress and strain of growth, guide and advise on the change management and avoid the many mistakes I made and ensure the founders gets to an exit. Sectors of experience: Technology, Transport, Big…
Christina Mueller

My biggest passion is to create impact. Working with entrepreneurial minds leads to this impact, whether in a corporate setting or through venturing.

Christina Mueller
I believe everyone can achieve what they are aspiring – with the right mindset and support.
Christina Mueller
Christina Mueller
Christina is a Director at the London Stock Exchange Group, heading Strategic Planning and Execution in the Middle East & Africa. She also is an Associate Professor at IE Business School with focus in strategy, business planning, entrepreneurial mindset, corporate venturing, and entrepreneurship. By training she is a trained researcher and scientist who became an entrepreneur, commercializing a piece of fundamental research. By doing so Christina gained invaluable experience running all operations and major functions of the startup for several years. She is an experienced mentor to entrepreneurs and founders. Christina has worked with many startups through their initial stages develo…
Paul BorossPaul Boross

I enjoy using my skill set to positively change…

Paul Boross
I have 30 years of experience in psychology and coaching and care deeply about people.
Paul Boross
Paul Boross — aka The Pitch Doctor — specialises in the “art and science” of corporate communication. Drawing on a career that has taken him from primetime TV, music and stand-up comedy to production, development, consultancy and motivational psychology, Boross works regularly with such power pl…
Noreen CesareoNoreen Cesareo

I am always open to new ideas and being involved in innovation, tech and the digital world.

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo
I am passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation and find this an amazing opportunity to engage with inspiring entrepreneurs, and help them achieve their goals and potential.
Noreen Burroughes Cesareo
Noreen Burroughes Cesareo is an International Marketing, Communications and Trade specialist with an international private enterprise, corporate and entrepreneurial background. She is also the principal consultant of a UK-based international advisory consultancy she set up in 2007 called Market …
Richard SamsRichard Sams

I’m passionate about supporting the growth of n…

Richard Sams
After switching careers from teaching aged 30 I personally know the challenges. Now I’ve had the fortune of working with and building north of 40 startups.
Richard Sams
Richard Sams is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at MOHARA, where he is responsible for the designing and implementing the company’s short, medium and long term strategy. With 10 years of commercial experience and 10 years in computing and education, Richard sets the vision and mission…
Mariana Lucia MarquezMariana Lucia Marquez

The impact that body language has on a pitch is amazing, I help founders discover how to use their bodies.

Mariana Lucia Marquez
I work with startup founders on perfecting their pitch decks and finding their grounded presence to raise the millions they need to scale.
Mariana Lucia Marquez
Mariana Lucía Marquez is a choreographer turned speaking coach with a passion for helping others harness the power of their body language. She combined her love for teaching fearless movement through dance with her startup experience to create a method that helps business owners scale rapidly th…

Coaching at ASPIRE

A Coach is an experienced entrepreneur, someone who has been there and done it before, taking a company from launch to successfully trading (and in some instances, an exit) They have a full understanding of what it takes to build a business across it’s variety of disciplines and have experience in coaching other founders / startups / in educational settings.

Mentors at ASPIRE

A Mentor is a subject matter expert, someone who can dive deep into a topic and knows the ins and outs to share their experience with first-timers so they can make a demonstrable impact on that area of their business – ie: you might be an expert in User Experience and be able to share this with people as they are creating their first landing pages or you might be an expert in People & Culture, and be able to help in understanding how to find the right skills for your company

Interested in working with ASPIRE as a Coach or Mentor? 

Disruption and the speed of change.

2020 saw the surprising combination of the global pandemic and technology advances which resulted in a “decade in days” adoption of digital.  It might sound counter-intuitive but this creates opportunity.

History shows us, recessions and unstable periods present the best opportunities to start new companies. During the 2008 Financial Crisis, billion-dollar startups like Uber, Airbnb, and many others were founded partly as a response to changing market dynamics. 

As highlighted by Entrepreneur and an article by Alex Gold, CMO of Myia Health, “The present-day is no exception, offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and unfair advantages to potential entrepreneurs. Among these are increased access to people and talent at lower and negotiable , and an environment in which consumers are more willing to try new products and services — often out of necessity. “

With the right support including from our coaches and mentors, mindset and tools, this could be the perfect time for your startup.

 

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