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Author: Stephen Carter

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Conversations with founders, leaders, investors and advisers for #medtech and #sportstech start-ups and SMEs
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In this episode I chat with Bhairav Patel, Managing Director of Atom CTO (https://atomcto.com/), about how Atom helps start-ups and other small businesses with board level advice about technology strategy, their approach to investing in some of the businesses they work with and how, more recently, they have been building MVPs for their clients.We cover everything from Bhairav's investment criteria to to the key characteristics he sees in the businesses they help who go on to be successful, to...
In this episode I chat with Alex Zurita, Head of Sport Tech Hub for London Sport about the organisation's vision to make London the most physically active city in the world and how they act as the gateway between innovative ventures and the public sector, creating partnerships that get more people active.We discuss the support Alex and his team offer to innovative businesses, from start-ups validating their initial product right through to scale-ups looking to grow in the UK or beyond, and he...
In this episode I chat with Tanya Rolfe, co-founder of Sophia (https://www.sophiawomen.com/), about the path that led to her founding Sophia, including the challenges faced by women investors, and the mission Tanya and her co-founders are on, through Sophia, to increase early-stage investing among women and end the gender investing gap. We hear Tanya's thoughts on the key ingredients investors are looking for in the businesses they fund, learn from the mistakes she has seen along the way and,...
In this episode I chat with Gareth Dimelow, Founder and Storyteller-In-Chief at Inside Stories (insidestories.guru). We discuss how knowing and being able to communicate your 'story' in a way that is meaningful, memorable and moving (Gareth refers to the "three M's") forges stronger connections with staff, customers and investors. We hear how the story leads on to much more, touching along the way on topics as diverse as Hemingway and invisibility cloaks!Having been both Strategic Direc...
In this episode we hear from Dr Julian Nesbitt, Founder and CEO at Dr Julian Medical Group (dr-julian.com) and learn about the entrepreneurial journey that took him from A&E doctor to CEO of a business seeking to put accessible and affordable mental healthcare into the hands of everybody. Dr Julian Medical Group is empowering patients giving them choice of access to a wide variety of therapists allowing appointments at any time of the day, from home and within a few days of being re...
In this episode we hear from Tim Brownstone, Founder and CEO at KYMIRA (https://kymira.co.uk/), with his take on the entrepreneurial journey that has taken KYMIRA from his bedroom to the thriving team that it is now; a journey that has proved a business model that combines innovation with early stage commercialisation to reduce the companies reliance on external finance. Tim is a scientist, multi-award winning entrepreneur and educational speaker. He is an internationally recognised entrepren...
In this episode we hear from Graeme Smith, CEO of Lightpoint Medical with his unique perspective on bringing medical devices to the market and the key parts of the jigsaw the need to be in place to achieve success.Graeme is a seasoned medtech industry executive with nearly three decades of experience successfully driving profitable business growth at global medical device companies. He has an exceptional track record in medical device sales and marketing; distributor management; and corporate...
In this episode we hear from Michelle Bryan, Senior Tax Manager at RPG Crouch Chapman LLP (www.rpgcrouchchapman.co.uk ) a firm of Chartered Accountants who, amongst other things, are specialists in UK and overseas taxation matters. Michelle talks to us about the importance of considering tax issues when setting up and growing a business and how the right approach can help with cashflow and incentivise employees.Michelle has over 14 years of experience in advising clients and other professiona...
In this, the final episode of season 2, I am joined by Charles Clark, founder of IP ARKITEK (https://www.ip-arkitek.com/). We chat about the roles intellectual property can play in business and its relevance especially to small businesses. We touch on the building blocks of a practical IP strategy and the importance of ensuring that IP is not viewed in the abstract but seen as a key that can unlock aspects of your business plan.And we hear Charles' own story, which took him from a young boy w...
In this episode I chat with Fiona Anderson of Innovate UK EDGE (Innovate UK EDGE), where she delivers a government funded programme that helps innovation-driven businesses to grow at pace and achieve their industry- and society-transforming ambitions. We talk about some of the key issues she sees for the businesses she helps and, along the way, we learn about Fiona's journey, with multiple stints in both South Africa and the UK, including how whilst at RBS she was involved setting up an...
In this episode I chat with Dr. Bryon Bhagwandin, Co-Founder and CEO of Recalibrate Solutions (https://www.recalibratesolutions.com/), about his journey from a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, through medical product development roles, executive roles in start-ups, to co-founder of Recalibrate Solutions, who are empowering physicians to eliminate toxic stress from the lives of children by monitoring stress system development with a 5-minute, disposable, saliva cortisol test. We hear from Dr. ...
Giovanni Lauricella is 'Mister MedTech', "the nexus for people, money and insight for the MedTech industry". He has assisted in raising over $200 million for MedTech startups with a global network of investors. In this episode, I chat with Giovanni about his story, how he has helped numerous MedTech startups on their growth journey, the success of his own podcast ('MedTech Money') and the insights he has into the world of raising funds for startup businesses - 'good' money vs 'bad...
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