At Whitespace we help our partners succeed through bespoke innovation solutions.
Innovation for corporates and startups is no longer an option, it’s a requirement. The challenge is how to innovate quickly and with impact whilst also delivering on the existing business. Whitespace is the innovation agency that consults, creates and executes with you. Central to our knowledge and capabilities is our unique network of over 350 Corporate innovators representing many of the World’s biggest Corporates and over 200 of the most exciting European startup teams. When you work with the Whitespace team on delivering innovation you are also harvesting the learning from nearly 600 of your peers.
In 2014 Whitespace started as a VC firm investing exclusively into startups who were able to address the business challenges of our corporate clients. Through working with the startups, and the corporate teams, to ensure successful delivery of the technology solution we developed a world-class tech’ team able to build scalable products used by global clients. This became our Innovation Lab.
Since 2016 we closed our fund and have focussed all our efforts in developing our Innovation Services, Innovation Lab and Innovation Community programs to establish ourselves as one of Europe’s leading innovation agencies powered by our global community of Corporate innovation practitioners and startup founders.
Our management team has substantial experience across the corporate, investment and startup worlds and enjoy the opportunity to blend this experience with what we learn every day from our innovation customers and community.
Andy is a tech entrepreneur with 20 years of experience. In 2012 Andy took a break from the start-up world and joined Microsoft as Technical Lead for Microsoft UK DX and then he became CEO of Microsoft Ventures UK.
Paul qualified with Deloitte before doing tech spin-outs and then M&A. He was CFO of two listed and seven VC backed tech companies over 13 years. Paul launched a tech fund in 2012 that has made 100+ investments
Dr. John Charnley
John started at Deloitte and then moved into working on banking systems with Natwest, Deutsche Bank, and RBS. John gained his Ph.D. in AI from Imperial College in 2009 before spending seven years as an AI researcher.
Andrew qualified as a Chartered Marketer and spent marketing roles at CIT Bank and ABN Amro amongst others. In 2007 Andrew joined Microsoft’s Financial Services division and then held a range of senior marketing roles.
Glenn has over 20 years hands-on IT experience within startup, SME and corporate environments. Previously he has held roles within NYSE, as Head of R&D for NYSE Technologies, and Wombat Financial Software, both focussing on low latency software and hardware solutions for exchanges, tier 1 banks, and hedge funds.
Board of Advisors
The Whitespace board of advisors help provide support and expertise on relevant events, projects, and business activity.
Simon Devonshire OBE
Simon has an extensive corporate career and is also a serial entrepreneur. He previously ran O2 Business, the business division of the mobile-network and co-founded Wayra Europe, the business accelerator belonging to Telefonica. He served as Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) for the UK Government for three and a half years, reporting to Dept BEIS.
General, the Lord (Nick) Houghton is a retired senior British Army officer and former Chief of Defence Staff, the professional Head of the UK’s Armed Forces.
Peter Tran spent 25 years in Investment Banking and Money Broking in Interest rate derivatives, before investing in and growing a diverse range of startups and property.