Alex Van Someren

Managing Partner, Seed Funds

Alex has worked in the technology industry since the 1980s. He co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including web browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As CEO at nCipher he raised a total of £14m ($25m) in venture capital funding before he led the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350m valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Alex lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children, where he is an active member of the local entrepreneurial community. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Alex is an angel investor in various social enterprises,  was a patron of the Princes Trust, donates to the Academy of Ancient Music and is on the committee for Kettle’s Yard, an art museum based in Cambridge.

Alex has mentored…

Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian movement working at home and abroad to empower excluded people to access healthcare.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

Alex read my organisation and our key challenges really well. His insight and feedback – delivered in a constructive and considered way – will certainly help me reframe the challenges I face in my role and will enable us to move forward.

Leigh Daynes, Executive Director of Doctors of the World

Alex has mentored…

Speakset

SpeakSet is the world’s simplest remote care service. We provide a video connection from a health professional to a patient’s TV in their own home.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

Alex constructed a perfect world for our business to exist in and helped us think about how to create that world. – A fantastic experience!”

Adi Kasliwal, Co-Founder of Speakset

Alex has mentored…

Fixflo

Fixflo is the leading repair reporting software in the UK. Fixflo makes reporting repairs easy for agents and tenants, available in 40+ languages.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

This was an incredibly valuable hour of discussion with an expert in my field in which we cut through the detail to the underlying business model and opportunities for improvement.

Rajeev Nayyar, Co-Founder of Fixflo

Alex has mentored…

Charity Ceckout

Charity Checkout is a charity payment solution that enables small and medium size charities to accept donations online.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

A great session. It was really useful to get some objective advice from someone with Alex’s experience.”

Chester Mojay-Sinclare, Founder of Charity Checkout

Alex has mentored…

Seniors helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors® is a profit with purpose organisation, we are social entrepreneurs and we are the proud winners of multiple awards for the social impact of our business. Improving the lives of others is the core of everything we do. We change how “seniors” are treated and we change expectations.

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

Alex quickly grasped our concept and mission, and could quite accurately point to weaknesses that hindered growth. It made me sure that we are on the right path and implementing the right actions.

Christian Wilse, Founder of Seniors Helping Seniors

Alex has mentored…

Policy in Practice

Policy in Practice makes the benefit system simple to understand. We help people and organisations to make the decisions that are right for them.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

Alex understood the business in no time at all, and in one hour made five clear recommendations, some from leftfield, which are now going to be done in an afternoon, instead of over the next three to six months.

Deven Ghelani, Director of Policy in Practice

Alex has mentored…

CPD Beed

Founded by teachers, CPDBee is on a mission to support teacher development by building a marketplace for Teaching School courses in London to make them simpler to find and more affordable to access.

 

  • Doctors of the World
  • Speakset
  • Fixflo
  • Charity Ceckout
  • Seniors helping Seniors
  • Policy in Practice
  • CPD Beed

Alex was honest, frank, candid, helpful and creative. It was a pleasure to meet him and our conversation was really helpful.

Niall Alcock, Founder of CPD Bee

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