Oli Barrett MBE

Oli Barrett MBE

Oli Barrett MBE

Oli Barrett co-founded StartUp Britain, Tenner, Cospa and Speednetwork the Globe. Cospa is a social innovation agency helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference. Award-winning examples include Volunteer It Yourself (helping young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain), and Build It (bringing empty homes back into use, in London and Liverpool). 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. His 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 an advisor to The Centre for Entrepreneurs,Founders For Schools, The Inspire Movement and NewCo in London.