Advisory Board Members
Our Advisory Board includes industry leading entrepreneurs and professionals, all of whom have deep expertise in their sectors and unrivalled experience and networks gained from operating at the highest level for years.
Doug Richard, Founder and CEO School for Startups
Doug Richard is a United Kingdom based Californian entrepreneur and specialist in technology transfer, commercialisation, and business incubation with more than 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures. He was the Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Cambridge Angels and Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force.
Between 1996 and 2000 Doug was President and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies: Visual Software and ITAL Computers. Doug also appeared as a “dragon” in the first two series of the BBC programme, Dragon’s Den.
Doug is very active in promoting entrepreneurialism in the UK. In May 2006, he received an honorary Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion for his work promoting, developing and helping entrepreneurs as director and co-founder, Library House in Cambridge. In May 2008 Richard published his investigation into the British government's support of small businesses, and in January 2010 authored the Entrepreneurs' Manifesto, an independent work, focusing on the continuing need for entreprenurialism to form the heart of the Government's plans for economic recovery. Doug has continued to work as an independent advising the current Government.
In 2008 Doug founded the School for Startups (www.schoolforstartups.co.uk), an enterprise focused on teaching entrepreneurship across the UK and in 2011 launched the School for Creative Startups Programme providing training and mentorship for entrepreneurs in the creative industries.