With the #StartMeUp Pitch finals fast approaching, we’re excited to announce the panel of business founders who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our judging process.
You’ve entered to win a massive 6 month’s free office space in Glasgow, worth £10,000 (and if you haven’t, enter today). Now let’s introduce you to the judges…
OREGA’S VERY OWN CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
Zach started working in the serviced office industry as a salesperson in 1996. In 2000 he and co-founder, Paul Finch, decided to launch their own serviced office business and opened their first Orega business centre in Staines in 2001.
During the first 18 months of trading, the business found itself in far tougher conditions than had been planned for and standing on the brink of bankruptcy. This time Zach found out a lot more about both himself personally and what it takes to make a business work. 18 years later, Orega has grown steadily within the UK, with 17 business centres to date.
Orega has featured in The Leap 100 list and has won numerous awards including BCA's Serviced Office of the Year 2012.
FOUNDER OF PCR AND IT CUSTOMER DIRECTOR AT ARROW BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
Nick started his own business at age 13, repairing computers from the comfort of his bedroom. By age 19 he had formed a limited company and became the youngest Board Director at East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Since then Nick has become a Regional Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust Scotland, the Ambassador for WeDO Scotland and a Non-Executive Director for YES Works Ltd.
In 2011, he won the PSYBT Regional Award and was a finalist at the National Business Awards. When he entered the Scottish Business Awards the following year, he became one of the finalists in the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and has since become the IT Customer Director at Arrow Business Communications.
FOUNDER AND CEO OF FUTUREX
At age 17, Bruce started his very first business, We Are The Future, from his high school classroom in Scotland, his mission was to inspire and connect entrepreneurs from around the world. Over the next five years, Bruce worked with over 5,000 entrepreneurs and became a guest blogger for The Huffington post.
At 19 years old he delivered his first TEDx Talk on how people get ‘lucky’ and has gone on to deliver talks around the world on topics such as profit with purpose, start-ups, culture and international growth. At age 23 he co-founded FutureX, an international summit and programme provider and has since won numerous awards and recognitions. He was included in Grant Thornton Faces of a Vibrant Economy, The Sunday Times Maserati 100 game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world and Startacus UK Startup Influencers. He also participated in the final of the Young Enterprise Scotland competition and became an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2014.
FOUNDER OF BREWGOODER
Alan started his own business in 2016, with a mission to bring over 1,000,000 people access to clean drinking water through the power of beer. His company, Brewgooder, has since impacted over 64,000 lives with over 1,200,000 cans sold and 600,000 pints poured.
He donates 100% of Brewgooder’s profits to clean water charities and has helped fund projects to install solar-panelled water tanks and boreholes in villages such as Chiluzi and Pindani. Alan represented Scotland, social entrepreneurship and the fight against water poverty at the Obama Foundation in Berlin, with over 300 other young European leaders and Barack Obama himself. His company has also won Best Brand/Charity Collaboration and Best Campaign For Profit at The Drum Social Purpose Awards.
Entries for our #StartMeUp Pitch competition close on 13 September 2019. Visit www.orega.com/startmeup-glasgow to find out more.
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