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Oli Barrett MBE

Director & Co-Founder


Met with Hugo Shephard, Debbie & Di Dominican, Marc Goodchild


Oli Barrett MBE is a co-founder of social innovation Cospa, helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference. A good example of this is by helping over 2,000 young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain.

He started Tenner (now run by Young Enterprise), the scheme which has challenged over 150,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month, starting with £10.

He brought speed-networking to the UK and has hosted and spoken at events around the world. He has led trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities.

Oli’s 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 and co-founded the national, business-funded campaign StartUp Britain.

  • Will help with
  • Business development
  • HR & team
  • Marketing & PR
  • Raising investment
  • Strategy & planning
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • The arts
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Environment


Hugo Shephard

Hugo Shephard

Role Models


Oli was very friendly and down to earth

He asked plenty of questions so that he fully understood the business, which also showed that he cared and was interested. He focused on the importance of building a community and networking with the right people, which was useful as it's not something we do enough of.

Debbie & Di Dominican

Debbie & Di Dominican

Dom Education Group


Very informative and supportive

Oli was very knowledgable and suited to our business. He was a great expert, very supportive and gave us some great ideas, insight and guidance.

He was very open and easy to speak to, and very good at giving us advice on what to focus on and where we can network further.

Marc Goodchild

Marc Goodchild



A great meeting!

In our 60 minute session we quickly got into the nitty-gritty of our business proposition. Oli was able to then take a step back and reflect on the strengths of the product and progress to date, offering some really useful tips and tools.


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