About Founders of the Future

Chaired by Brent Hoberman CBE and run by Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa and Liam Tootill, Founders of the Future was launched in the UK by Founders Forum at 10 Downing Street in March 2016. Our mission is to build a world-class pool of diverse and exceptional entrepreneurial talent who will build tomorrow’s high impact sustainable startups. Our programmes, events and tools help talented individuals who are not currently founders in every steps of their journey to become tech founders.

We started by building an invite-only community of 430 people aged under 35, who are not yet founders but exhibit strong signals that they could be soon and by running The F Factor startup competition for under 25 year-old entrepreneurs taking place each year at Founders Forum.

We are now looking at developing programmes and events to further help our community members are running The F Factor which grew in scale this year becoming a grand national startup competition with a strong education layer and develop our selection process research and technology. The F Factor has the support of 10 Downing Street and was recently mentioned in The Times and The Evening Standard.

To date more than 70 of our members became full-time founders after joining the community and they collectively raised £20M+ of angel of VC funding. We also had 17 of our members selected in the prestigious list Forbes 30 under 30.

Past speakers or senior founders attendees of Founders of the Future events include:

Richard Reed (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), Dame Natalie Massenet (Net-A-Porter), Baroness Martha Lane-Fox (lastminute.com/doteveryone), Simon Cowell (Syco/The X Factor), Christine Ohuruogu MBE (Team GB - Former Olympics Gold medallist and World Champion), Peter Estlin (Lord Mayor of London), June Sarpong MBE (Diversify), Barry Smith (Skyscanner), Frédéric Mazella (co-founder of Blablacar), Jessica Butcher (co-founder of Blippar), Jim McKelvey (Square), Justine Roberts (Mumsnet), Chase Jarvis (Creative Live), Naveen Jain (co-founder Moon Express and Viome), Michael Acton Smith (Mind Candy), Lara Rouyres (co-founder of Selectionnist), Nicolas Brusson (co-founder of Blablacar), Errol Damelin (co-founder of Wonga), Jon Wright (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), Ajaz Ahmed (AKQA), Matthew Freud (Freud Communications), Kathryn Parsons (co-founder of Decoded), Frank Meehan (Smartup), Ynon Kreiz (Maker Studios), Alexandra Chong (Badoo), Jose Marin (FJ Labs), Greg Marsh (Onefinestay), Claire Burge (This is Productivity), Damian Kimmelman (DueDil), Michael Comish (TPG Europe), David Rowan (ex-WIred UK), Thomas Hoegh(Arts Alliance), Jan Rezab (co-founder of Socialbaker), Ed Newton-Rex (Jukedeck), Richard Price (Academia.edu), Eamon Jubbawy (Onfido), Susan Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque CMG (Chargee D’affaire of the British Embassy), Bruno Cremel(Partner at Partech Ventures), Helia Ebrahimi (Business Correspondant on Channel 4 news), Caroline Hyde (Anchor on Bloomberg TV), Rowland Manthorpe (Associate Editor of WIRED).

Founders of the Future was started by Founders Forum which gives us an extensive network to attract the best talents in our community and exceptional guests to our events.

Founders Forum, started by Brent Hoberman (lastminute.com) and Jonnie Goodwin (Lepe partners) runs Europe’s leading invitation-only gatherings for top tech Founders and CEO’s with events organised across the globe from London to New York, Rio to Singapore, Mumbai to Istanbul. Our intimate events offer technology pioneers, corporate CEO’s and select investors the chance to brainstorm and connect with their smartest peers and upcoming stars. Previous guests of our events include the likes of Eric Schmidt (Google), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Omid Kordestani (Twitter), Phil Libin (Evernote), Niklas Zennstrom (Skype), HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Kevin Ryan (Gilt), Jony Ive (Apple), Sir Charles Dunstone (The Carphone Warehouse), Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), Jessica Alba (The Honest Company), Natalie Massenet (Net-a-Porter) and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia).

Over the past few years, Founders Forum has extended its activities and now includes:

  • Founders Intelligence: strategic consultancy advising large corporates on digital innovation, strategy and investments
  • Founders Keepers: executive search firm uncovering the best talent in tech and specialising in c-level digital hires for fast-growth start-ups, established corporates and investment firms
  • Founders Forum For Good: charity enabling entrepreneurs to pledge at least 2% of their personal proceeds to a social cause of their choice, following an exit
  • Founders Factory: a cross-sector technology incubator / accelerator based in London, focussed on building the next generation of breakout start-up successes by providing expert operational support, access to smart capital and at-scale audiences, to ambitious early-stage entrepreneurs
  • Founders of the Future: uncovering, nurturing and guiding the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology across Europe
  • accelerateHER: a centre of excellence for gender equality in technology and digital
  • firstminute capital: $100M seed-fund backed by 30 unicorn founders

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