Charles Mindenhall

Co-Founder, Blenheim Chalot

Since 1998, Charles and his business partner Manoj Badale have co-founded more than 20 businesses, largely technology-related, which are managed through their investment company Blenheim Chalcot.

Charles and Manoj’s first venture was netdecisions group, a major internet services provider, now trading as Agilisys. While starting netdecisions, they co-founded a number of internet startups – the First Resort (sold to TUI), mad about wine (sold to Fosters), woowho (sold to match.com) and produxion.com (sold to EMAP). 

They have also co-founded several financial services companies that they have sold on.In media, they co-founded the Rights Company (sold to Warner Music) and Contentive Media, a content marketing and digital agency. 

In 2013 Charles and Manoj launched Avado, an integrated, large scale provider of online distance learning platforms including its own online business college, Home Learning College, and white label partnerships with companies such as Google, Reed and The International Olympic Committee. 

Charles was a founding trustee of Operation Smile UK, and is currently the chairman of Charity Digital (a social enterprise providing technology donations and fund-raising tools to more than 17,000 charities). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Founders Forum For Good.

Charles has mentored

Student Funder

StudentFunder aims to improve access to education by providing new ways for students to finance their studies.

 

  • Student Funder
  • DrDoctor
  • Crowdskills
  • Lingoing

Charles had the perfect advice! We’ve been shooting for the stars now and getting closer and closer. Our aims and achievements would otherwise be a mere fraction of that. This has been a simple, but transformational experience.

Juan Guerra, Founder of Student Funder

Charles has mentored

DrDoctor

DrDoctor is a digital outpatient platform, which puts patients at the centre. Used by Hospitals across the country & over 4 million NHS appointments a year.

 

  • Student Funder
  • DrDoctor
  • Crowdskills
  • Lingoing

Charles gave us some fantastic advice and it was great to quiz someone who has his range of experience in a number of different sectors and settings.”

Tom Whicher, Co-Founder DrDoctor

Charles has mentored

Crowdskills

CrowdSkills is a freelance platform for talented young professionals. We help connect youth with businesses who are looking for affordable digital services.

 

  • Student Funder
  • DrDoctor
  • Crowdskills
  • Lingoing

It was very useful to hear Charles input on our business idea, and we were amazed how well he understood our market. Furthermore, he was able to expand on our business idea in several areas, and we are looking forward to pursuing the discussed collaborations.”

Iman Fadaei, Co-Founder of CrowdSkills

Charles has mentored

Lingoing

Bringing together d/Deaf clients, agencies, commercial organisations and sign language interpreters so they can work together efficiently. Sadaqat tells us about Lingoing, what they are doing, why and where they are going to be in 5 years time in this short video.

 

  • Student Funder
  • DrDoctor
  • Crowdskills
  • Lingoing

What a brilliant session with Charles, he has given me a lot of advice on how to push the business forward. I would recommend others to meet him as he has a lot of experience in Tech businesses.

Sadaqat Ali, Co-Founder of Lingoing

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