The following are our amazing mentors, who support our participating entrepreneurs with their sector expertise and valuable business advice.

Coach

Dr Jos Trehern

Entrepreneur and Investor

Jos successfully started and built an innovative real-time software and services business for the electric power industry. Over 15 years he grew the business to become a global leader, selling it to a multinational corporation with over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide.

Jos is an experienced entrepreneur and investor primarily interested in technology businesses.

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Mark Hodgson

Mark is a partner of QSA Partners LLP a specialist consultancy that develops commercially lead circular business models to launch. Clients include Samsung, IKEA, B&Q, DHL, ASOS, Argos, Land Securities, Toilet Board Collation and startup/SMEs such as Riversimple’s hydrogen car, Tala LED, MUJO, Naturalmat and Bandvulc. His experience is in propositions, business development, technology and markets in the UK and internationally. Wider, he has advised on sustainable development projects in Africa and Asia.

He is the MD of Co-cars/Co-bikes the zero/low emission on-demand shared car and electric bike network for Exeter and the South West.

Mark has an MBA from University of Exeter focusing on sustainable business,  and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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David Whitewood

A highly motivated, entrepreneurial business development professional and business leader. Able to quickly assimilate information, understand new technology and market developments to create compelling customer propositions or problem solve.

More than 35 years of B2B, B2C, channel and partnership sales experience in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and Korea managing critical relationships at all levels. Extensive experience forming, financing and restructuring businesses, developing channels, partnerships and revenues.

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Sector-specific Mentors

Energy

Glenn Woodcock

Oxygen House Director and Founder of Exeter City Futures

Glenn is the CEO and Founder of Exeter City Futures. Glenn has over 25 years of experience in senior management positions across venture capital, software product development, credit risk and regulatory reporting. Glenn has a first-class degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. Glenn has led and completed more than 10 major venture investments. He holds a number of directorships at investee companies including Low Carbon and Sparx. When he’s not coming up with brilliant visions for Exeter’s future, or fulfilling one of his many other roles, Glenn can be found spending time with his family, sheep and chickens on Dartmoor.

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Impact

Stav Bar-Shany

Impact and Evaluation Expert

Stav is a Tech for Good specialist with 10 years’ experience working for social and tech organisations. Currently, serves as the Head of Networks and Engagement of Doteveryone, a London-based think tank, fighting for a fairer Internet, as well as Head of Strategy for the Africa Technology Business Network,

Stav regularly provides training and consultancy to social enterprises on Impact Strategy, Theory of Change, Tech for Development, Gender Lens Innovation and Impact Investment, working with organizations such as the EBRD, Comic Relief, King’s College and Exeter City Futures.

Previous experience includes Business Development for an EdTech company and Project Management for Advocacy and Development charities. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics.

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Marketing

Steve Prior

Marketing Consultant

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with more than 25 years’ experience gained with blue chip brands client-side and agency-side. He is passionate about great communications and marketing – changing behaviours, creating actions, improving outcomes and having fun. Expertise and experience encompasses defence/aerospace/security, automotive and trade, including: Daimler AG, EY, Microsoft, Network Rail, Vodafone and Volvo. Equally adept at applying these skills and expertise to SMEs and social enterprises, Steve is currently Managing Partner of Engage and a Director of Langstroth. In his spare time he loves nothing more than long muddy country walks with his dog, and with or without his family.

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Business

Steven Leach

Business Modelling

After a career in global IT Steve enjoyed a period consulting to SMEs and SME social ventures. The main focus of his social venture work has been growth readiness. This has included supporting over 70 investor pitches raising over £8.5m. Currently he works as a coach and mentor to individuals and organisations and voluntary work includes being Chair to the Advisory Board of Evolve, a social venture helping children access education. Steve also writes, records and performs music with a blog and book planned for 2018.

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Business

Victoria Hatfield

Exeter City Council

Victoria has lived in Devon for over 13 years working at Exeter City Council, originally managing tourism development and marketing for the city and the Greater Exeter area.  Her role has evolved and now focuses on skills development, economic development, inward investment and ensuring we have the right foundations in place for businesses to grow and succeed in Exeter.

Key to this, is working in partnership with the Exeter business community, schools, Exeter College and the University of Exeter to drive up skills and productivity across the city and ensuring all residents have the same opportunity regardless of where they live.

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Energy

David Ferguson

David is Head of Digital Innovation in EDF Energy’s Research and Development team, leading the company’s research into cutting-edge digital technologies. His aim is to explore how digital can improve the operational safety and efficiency of EDF Energy’s fleet of power stations and transform the way customers use energy. A constant focus is the use of technology to enable the sustainable use of energy.

Current priorities include artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and blockchain. He is a member of the advisory board for the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI and is a contributor to Exeter University’s One Planet MBA.

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Marketing

Justin Turquet

A graduate of the One Planet MBA at Exeter University Justin is particularly interested in helping business deliver value through Sustainability, Innovation and Transformation, providing real world solutions to the challenges they face.

As business development manager with Exeter Velocities’ graduates Binit Group Ltd. Justin brings its innovative, customer focused approach to managing waste and recycling to market.

At Exeter City Futures, Justin mentored the recent cohort, developing workshops that helped our startups understand and effectively deliver value to their clients. As the founder of a business consultancy he has delivered successful projects to both local and national organizations as well as working with Exeter Velocities alumni Raize as Head of Business Development.

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