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This week’s featured Coach/Mentors

Cyrille NajjarCyrille Najjar

I’ve coached for over 14 years and love to share, teach and learn with great entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs

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-based architecture for Machine Learning and Data Analytics platforms. Cyrille has expertise in Engineering, Industrial Design, User experience, and User Interface with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics. He has developed over 300 products ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies in aeronautics, hospitality and major cosmetic brands and has spec…
Hattie 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 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 running Top 400 training for one of the biggest logistics company, supporting new Venture creation for a large OEM or designing culture change programs for Banking Groups to name a few. Before moving to Rainmaking Venture Studio to launch new ventures, she was also an Associate Partner at Rainmaking, where she designed and developed their first Digital Learning Platform, to scale innovation programs by …
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 HulmeSimon Hulme

I am passionate about helping the next generati…

Simon Hulme
I am happy to share what knowledge and experience I have gained.
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 bui…

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 strea…
Freddie Talberg

I have a lot of experience as a tech growth entrepreneur and I totally understand the entrepreneur mindset of founders.

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 min…

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 Boross

I enjoy using my skill set to positively change lives and realise dreams

Paul Boross
I have 30 years of experience in psychology and coaching and care deeply about people.
Paul Boross
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 players as the BBC, Google and Nestlé, training executives in communication, presentation and pitching. His frontline experience of performance — his credits include a 12-year stint at London’s legendary Comedy Store — coupled with a strong commercial grounding enable him to deliver effective and focused skills to clients from a range of industries, from media to medicine. Paul is a much in demand i…
Noreen 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 Cesareo
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 Accents. This WE Connect-certified business has served as a platform for her to engage with businesses on projects of varying sizes, at times working in collaborative partnerships with other SMEs and larger organisations. Prior to this, she implemented commercial and strategic marketing and communications projects and initiatives with blue-chip, larger and other SME businesses in various indus…
Richard Sams

I’m passionate about supporting the growth of new entrepreneurs

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
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 of MOHARA and works with the senior leaders to implement MOHARA’s objectives. Richard previously worked as a computing teacher prior to entering into software development in 2011. He has since played the role of CTO in 6 start-ups and has helped to build over 50 digital products with MOHARA. Richard has also held advisory roles as a mentor at Fast Forward London, UCL and The New Entrepreneurs…
Mariana 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 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 through confident communication. Since founding Metaspeech in 2015, her startup clients have raised over £500M from VCs and other investors, pitch competitions, accelerator programmes, and the BBC’s Dragon’s Den. As a pitch coach, Mariana has delivered training for major tech players like Google and Indeed.com as well as trailblazing scale-ups like Zego. She’s mentored at Cannes Lions’s R/GA Startup…
Tim Palmer-headshotTim Palmer-headshot

I have been there too, with too much demand, to…

Tim Palmer
I love helping people solve problems and feel very rewarded when those I coach overcome a challenge that was having a hugely detrimental impact on them and their business.
Tim Palmer
Tim Palmer is a Technology Coach and founder of Digital Transformation Consultancy Blue Hat Associates. With a degree in Computer Science and Maths, Tim started his career in Oracle, moving into roles with Citigroup and Deutsche Bank before joining AdTech innovator the Exchange Lab as their CTO….
Janice B GordonJanice B Gordon

I love coaching and mentoring people to have them develop themselves.

Janice B Gordon
Janice is known for getting results. Her credentials include achieved listing as #4 Top Sales Guru January 2020 and awarded #25 on Sage Top 100 Global Business Influencer 2017.
Janice B Gordon
Janice B Gordon, The Customer Growth Expert, uses her 20+ years business, sales, CX and leadership experience to unleash hidden potential and accelerate growth by investing in customer relationships. Her Scale Your Sales framework develops leading-edge capabilities to secure, retain and grow key…
Paul SturrockPaul Sturrock

I’ve spent my whole career leading the design a…

Paul Sturrock
I’m the co-Founder at Climbworks. I have advised founders and early-stage investors as a mentor, board director, and consultant.
Paul Sturrock
I’ve developed Simple Venture Design, an entrepreneurial toolkit which integrates creative tools such as Effectual Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and Lean Startup with analytic ones. It’s become the basis for teaching business design as a creative craft as opposed to an art or a science. I’ve…

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 W…

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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