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Join us for the showcase of the Guernsey Venture Challenge businesses as they compete for one of three prizes that could take their ventures to the next stage. After six weeks on the mentoring programme, and two business masterclasses facilitated by Blenheim Chalcot's Red Team, our eight businesses will present their honed pitches to our panel of judges in what promises to be an exciting event for the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Launched in 2022 and returning for its second year in 2023 GVC is a tech accelerator programme run by the Digital Greenhouse in partnership with Blenheim Chalcot, as part of the SMART Guernsey programme. The programme aims to support tech entrepreneurship and accelerate businesses.
This year the challenge offers £70,000 of grants to support local startup businesses, comprising of:
Fiona Bateson, MBA (Henley), MA (Psychotherapy), is a non-executive director of both Savernake Management Ltd and Savernake Capital Ltd (a Guernsey registered fund manager). She is also a director of the Guernsey Community Foundation. She has an active interest in supporting start-ups, with investments in 25 companies based in either Guernsey or the UK.
Fiona’s career started in the City, ranging across broking and investment banking. She then spent 10 years in management consulting with Harbridge House and was a visiting lecturer at Henley Business School. She went on to set up her own management consulting business, specialising in organisations based in the finance industry. Her clients included Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), Zurich Insurance, Zurich Re, Kleinwort Benson Investment Management, HFC, John Charcol, BP and the Cabinet Office. Her specialism covers strategy implementation, through to leadership and culture change, working primarily with main boards and senior management teams. Fiona is also a UKCP-accredited psychotherapist and holds a Diploma in Company Direction.
A professional investor in early-stage digital tech businesses. Marc has a passion for helping founders on their business journeys and a wealth of experience building businesses, including early-stage development, e-commerce, branding raising finance/investment and go-to-market strategy.
Paul Wilkes is an investor in early stage ventures, focussed on Cyber Security and Data Privacy sectors. He is also an experienced lawyer with a demonstrated history of building and leading international teams. Paul has expertise in a broad range of investment and capital markets vehicles and transactions, with a keen focus on commerciality and strategy. He is a strong entrepreneurship professional with an MBA (distinction) from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a mentor to startups as they move to scale.
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