17 Sep 2014

We’re looking for a Chairperson for BGV. Is it you?

By Paul Miller

Things are going very well at Bethnal Green Ventures. So well in fact that we’re looking for some extra help as we step up another level in the next year.

A quick recap: we’ve grown from our origins running Social Innovation Camps to become an accelerator offering investment and support to amazing founders who are building startups that make a real difference in health, education and sustainability.

With support from Nesta, Nominet Trust and the Cabinet Office’s Social Incubator Fund we’ve created one of the best accelerators in Europe for early stage startups working on tech that matters. We’ve now supported 42 ventures including DrDoctorFairphone, I Can Make, Mastodon C, Open Utility  and many more. We currently invest around £400,000 per year.

But we want to do much more. Our plan is to grow our offering, providing follow-on funding and even better support to our ventures who we think will increasingly come from across the world.

We’re looking for an amazing new Chairperson of our Board to help us do it. Our board is currently composed of two executive directors and three non-executive directors. We want to consolidate our governance and make it better, building on our successes.

It’s an unpaid, non-executive role which will include:

  • Planning and attending four to six board meetings a year
  • Working with the team to set strategy
  • Holding the team to account
  • Developing new investor relationships and partnerships that will help us and our ventures thrive

The skills and networks you’ll have:

  • Board level experience
  • Thorough knowledge of the tech world
  • An interest in impact investment

Our vision is to make Bethnal Green Ventures the best place in the world for founders who want to use technology for social good. Can you guide us on that journey? Drop us a line (to paul@bethnalgreenventures.com) telling us a bit about yourself and how you think you can help by the 10th October 2014. We particularly welcome applications from women.