Jon Bradford – Speaker and Mentor
Jon Bradford is the CEO of The Difference Engine, an acceleration programme for early stage digital businesses who believe that the first stage of any business is the most formative and can define how a team will evolve. They also recognise that at such an early stage “money is not enough” – the right sort of intensive support is invaluable and the provision of the right mentoring is priceless. The programme is supported by DigitalCity Business, Sunderland Software City and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and through their combined expertise and experience they hope to make dreams a reality.
Jon has spent most of the last ten years working in and around start-ups; both for advisory firms and venture capital backed start-ups, including an Oxford university spin-out. Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen including a secondment to Melbourne, Australia. Having recently completed the conversion of a Northumberland barn, Jon knows far too much about septic tank than he really cares for! He has enormous knowledge in his field and we are excited to have him on board.
Rebecca Difford – Mentor
Rebecca Difford is the Company Formation Executive of LAUNCH.ed, a University of Edinburgh programme which provides free startup advice and business support to students at the University of Edinburgh interested in starting up a business. Students, from undergraduates to PhDs and recent alumni, can access one-to-one help from a business advisor on all aspects of setting up a business. LAUNCH.ed supports students with technical, early stage ideas as well as non-technical, near-to-market business ideas.
In the last four years, LAUNCH.ed has helped more than 50 students form their own companies, many of which have grown into successful, profitable enterprises. Rebecca started working for the University of Edinburgh in 2005, working initially for the Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS). Prior to this she developed and managed a service offering initial market assessments for small businesses at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1996 with a degree in Law and Business Studies and was recently awarded a Masters degree in Marketing, focussing on Market Research for high-tech start-ups. She is Chartered Marketer and member of the CIM, and has a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. Her insight is invaluable to our attendees and are are thrilled to have her as a mentor.
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