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Commercial background

Entrepreneurial engineer and active angel investor, Gi co-founded global social technology leader Techlightenment (sold to Experian plc), the first company to provide a tool on top of the Facebook Ads API.

Gi is passionate about using tech to create a level playing field through unlocking digital skills in young people, and enabling greater diversity and social inclusion.

Gi is Chairman of Freeformers, which he founded in 2012, with a mission to use accelerated learning techniques to help young people, from all backgrounds, to develop high impact digital skills. He created an innovative 1-for-1 model whereby for every person a corporate pays to train, Freeformers delivers the same training to a young person who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity.

Social and philanthropic background

Gi is a Trustee of Apps for Good, which works with nearly 100 schools across the UK to teach young people how to make apps that will change the world and give thousands of 11-18 year olds the chance to develop digital skills. He also sits on Nesta's Digital Makers Panel and is a Trustee of Cage Cricket.

  • Will help with
  • Business development
  • Marketing & PR
  • Raising investment
  • Strategy & planning
  • Technology
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Childhood/Youth
  • Education

Testimonials

Adam Ball

Adam Ball

Concept Cupboard

General Manager

A great session!

Gi is a through and through entrepreneur with lots of experience in the area I'm working in. He had great insights for me and my business. 

Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper

Third Space Learning

Founder

I really enjoyed meeting Gi

Gi was incredibly helpful. I really enjoyed talking to Gi and discussing the nature of being an entrepreneur and what goes with it. His message was that if you are doing something worth doing then there is going to be risk - embrace it!

Jill Hodges

Jill Hodges

Fire Tech Camp

Founder

This is a fantastic opportunity!

How often do you get an hour of someones time who has already done what you are trying to do and is willing to share their thoughts with you? Gi's feedback was super helpful. 

Greg Sanderson

Greg Sanderson

Smart Schools Council

Founder

A really useful session!

Meeting Gi was a fantastic experience that made me think differently about how we should be approaching our main future project. He gave me a new perspective and quickly saw to the heart of the things we're doing well, and what we need to work on.

Almudena Vieitez

Almudena Vieitez

Bilingual Beats

Co-Founder

Really helpful

He truly understood our product from the very beginning and was really interested in it, listening to everything we explained and then being really passionate about transmitting his invaluable expertise with us.

Patrick Bartley

Patrick Bartley

My Help At Home

Founder

So so helpful

Gi is an incredible person and business thinker. He grasped the way that we make a difference to very different peoples' lives instantly and gave brilliant, pragmatic and evidence based advice on how to bring that impact to more people. His clarity of thought and feedback were practical, insightful and I would wholly recommend any social entrepreneur to speak to him if you get the chance!

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