Russell Copley is owner and Director of Greenborough Management, a business development and project management company with a team of eight across central England, founded fifteen years ago. He is also Chief Executive of the East Midlands Incubation Network; Regional Manager of Angels Den (Europe’s largest network of business angels); and has been managing a number of business support initiatives across England in recent years, including the Lincolnshire Investment Network (LIN) and a range of various grant funds. He has worked with a large number of companies to help them to raise investment from business angels and equity funds. In addition to helping others, Russell is also a private equity investor having invested in a few early stage businesses himself.
He is currently the Chair of the Regional Advisory Board of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, a new £250M debt and equity “fund of funds” designed to support business growth across the midlands region of the UK.
John Auckland is a crowdfunding specialist and founder of TribeFirst, a global equity crowdfunding communications agency that has helped raise in excess of £17m for over 50 companies on platforms such as Crowdcube, Seedrs, and Seedinvest – with a greater than 90% success rate. TribeFirst is the world's first marketing communications agency to provide dedicated equity crowdfunding support. John is also Virgin StartUp's crowdfunding trainer and consultant, helping them to run branded workshops, webinars and programmes on crowdfunding. John is passionate about working with start-ups and sees crowdfunding as more than just raising funds; it's an opportunity to build a loyal tribe of lifelong customers.
Proudly Italian-born, Spanish-resident European, Federico Martire has been working in the field of international cooperation for over 10 years. His interests vary from inclusive to sustainable development, with particular interest to social innovation and social responsibility, aligned with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. He currently directs the EU-funded programme Bridging the Gap, aimed at enhancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries.