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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 & 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

Talent Cupboard

Talent Cupboard

Adam Ball

Design, development & digital marketing for your business.
A new kind of agency, powered by the digital generation....

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. 

Third Space Learning

Third Space Learning

Tom Hooper

Third Space Learning are maths specialists who provide online maths interventions for KS1 & KS2 pupils.

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!

Fire Tech Camp

Fire Tech Camp

Jill Hodges

UK holiday camp and tech course provider, empowering young people to make the future.

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. 

Smart Schools Council

Smart Schools Council

Greg Sanderson

The Smart School Councils Community (SSCC) is a charity that aims to make school councils more fun, inclusive and powerful.

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.

Bilingual Beats

Bilingual Beats

Almudena Vieitez

The best spanish learning programme for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

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.

My Help At Home

My Help At Home

Patrick Bartley

My Help At Home are revolutionising the homecare system by making it easy to find and keep the perfect carer for you and your loved ones.

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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