Oli Barrett MBEFounder at Connector Unit
Oli Barrett MBE co-founded StartUp Britain, Tenner, social innovation agency Cospa and Speednetwork the Globe. Cospa, helps companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference. A good example of this is by helping over 2,000 young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain. Speednetwork the Globe connects the international business community to unlock opportunities, increase understanding and encourage collaboration. Tenner (now run by Young Enterprise), is the UK’s largest schools enterprise competition and has challenged over 150,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month, starting with £10. StartUp Britain is the national business funded campaign which supports people to start and grow a company. Oli is a regular MC and speaker at international events. He has led eleven trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities. Oli’s entrepreneurial career started as a student and has included an events business in nine cities, an international language practice website (sold in 2008) and a sock subscription website which continues to ship internationally. He is on the advisory boards of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors and Founders 4 Schools and is a Fellow of social impact company builder Zinc.