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Uplift - Episode 2: How to reconcile creativity and innovation with the bottom line

Uplift - Episode 2: How to reconcile creativity and innovation with the bottom line

July 27, 2021

In episode 2 we welcome Prof. Dale Russell of the Royal College of Art and Lloyd Lee of Yoo Capital as they discuss how you reconcile creativity with the bottom line, what technological innovation leaves them hopeful/worried and finishing off on the light note that is our word association round.

Uplift - Episode 3: Seize the Data - Big Data, Entrepreneurship, with a touch of football

Uplift - Episode 3: Seize the Data - Big Data, Entrepreneurship, with a touch of football

July 27, 2021

In episode 3, we delve into the world of Big Data and entrepreneurship. Sam Carter, CEO of Fospha and Gianluca Carrera, Chief Solutions Office of dunnhumby unpack the key principles behind a ‘good capture’ that is insightful to businesses and respectful of their customers before launching into the challenges of being an entrepreneur - wildly agreeing more than predicted. Recorded just before the Euros 2021 semis, it appears one of our speakers has either done some data crunching or is a psychic.

How to Fundraise for a Startup: Chief Strategic Development Officer at Founders Factory

How to Fundraise for a Startup: Chief Strategic Development Officer at Founders Factory

May 4, 2021

We welcomed David Hickson, Chief Strategic Development Officer at Founders Factory to our Money talks series sharing how to fundraise effectively or what he likes to call the “No BS guide to fundraising”. 

David has helped hundreds of startups with their fundraising strategies. His experience includes time at one Europe’s biggest tech-companies (lastminute.com) from its founder era to its 2005 $1.1bn exit. Since then, he has raised over $100m worth of venture/investment capital for four tech ventures.  

Tune in to hear the best approaches to avoid the quick jump-to-no from investors whilst raising pre-seed to pre-series A. 

Uplift - Episode 1: What biological debris detection and the performing arts have in common

Uplift - Episode 1: What biological debris detection and the performing arts have in common

April 29, 2021

In anticipation of a return to the office, the Uplift podcast series aims to mimic lift rides - without the awkward silences. Each time, we bring together two people who’ve never met each other before.  It may be a tech startup and an ad agency, people in the same building or opposite sides of the road. Uplift - Taking connections to the next level

In episode 1, we talk to Bethany McDonald Shepherd from LAMDA and John Simpson of Fresh Check. One studied and has worked extensively in theatres and the arts, the other has a PhD from Imperial College London in single cell proteomics and is CTO of a biotech startup.

How to Raise $138m as a FinTech with Purpose: Meet Asesh Sarkar, CEO of Salary Finance

How to Raise $138m as a FinTech with Purpose: Meet Asesh Sarkar, CEO of Salary Finance

April 7, 2021

In February 2021, we welcomed Asesh Sarkar, Global CEO of Salary Finance for a fireside chat exploring his journey as an entrepreneur and the key lessons he learned as he continues to build a fast growing FinTech with a social conscience at its heart. 

In this 'truly insightful', 'exciting' and 'refreshing' chat, Asesh covers how Salary Finance's recent Series D funding is being led by Experian and Legal & General and have already raised $138m to date, with backers including Blenheim Chalcot, Goldman Sachs and Royal London.

Good Company: How to Build a Business Without Losing Your Values

Good Company: How to Build a Business Without Losing Your Values

February 22, 2021

Our first event of 2021 saw Julietta Dexter, Chief Growth Officer at Science Magic Inc and previously CEO at The Communications Store (TCS), treat us to an "inspiring" and "refreshing" talk exploring the importance of values and purpose in an organisation. She delved into her story, the launch of TCS and how values and a strong organisation commitment were key in its design, where to begin when deciding your own company values and many ways to become more purpose-driven. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in why honesty, reliability and diversity are the best foundations for long-term success.

How to disrupt a multi-billion pound industry: Meet Dana Tobak, CEO of Hyperoptic

How to disrupt a multi-billion pound industry: Meet Dana Tobak, CEO of Hyperoptic

December 21, 2020

In November 2020 we welcomed Dana Tobak, CEO of Hyperoptic, for a fireside exploring what she has learned from being a true industry disruptor. Hyperoptic was the first company to offer 1000mbps download speeds in the UK and Dana’s vision of hyperfast full fibre broadband shook up the entire sector. In this  'refreshing', 'grounded' and 'inspiring' chat she covers how they ensured safety of hundreds of employees during the COVID pandemic, the importance of your people & a very clear purpose when scaling, and her path to becoming a CEO.

How to sell a business for £200m: Meet Mark Sanders, Exec Chair Scale Space

How to sell a business for £200m: Meet Mark Sanders, Exec Chair Scale Space

November 4, 2020

Over the summer we welcomed Mark Sanders, Executive Chair of Scale Space, for a fireside exploring the key ingredients needed to scale a business successfully. An incredibly down-to-earth entrepreneur with an eye for both detail and strategy, Mark is an expert in scaling businesses with over 20 years of experience. As CEO of TDX Group, he sold it for a whopping £200m in 2016.  We  explore how he achieved this, the key to success as a COO vs. CEO, the importance of a clear path to profitability, and the pioneering work he is doing to support more scale-ups through the newly-opened Scale Space in White City.

Discovery Series: ComMITTed to transforming prosthetics

Discovery Series: ComMITTed to transforming prosthetics

May 20, 2020

Upstream’s Prema Gurunathan meets Nate Macabuag, Founder of Koalaa (formerly Mitt Wearables,) a White City- based startup disrupting the world of prosthetic arms by making them affordable, accessible and comfortable. Nate delves in to the origins of Mitt, how they design prosthetics in a similar way to clothing - being breathable, adjustable and avoiding rigid structures, and even the addition of a lightsaber attachment for their children's market! 

Discovery Series: The Disruptive Digital Solution Transforming Healthcare

Discovery Series: The Disruptive Digital Solution Transforming Healthcare

April 9, 2020

Upstream’s Prema Gurunathan meets Kieron Heath, Head of Customer Operations at iPLATO, a Hammersmith-based health-tech business that enables the NHS to interact with patients in a digital-first manner. Recorded in February, Kieron discusses iPLATO's entrepreneurial journey and digital first approach, the challenges of scaling-up, and their role in ensuring successful cervical screening across London.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, iPLATO have further developed their myGP remote consultation functionality to help the NHS. Read how it has helped from iPLATO CEO Tobias.

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