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Founder Focus roundup | September

Tech for good



7 minutes

There’s nothing we love more than learning about impact-led startups and their amazing founders. That’s why we’ve been sharing their stories through our Founder Focus posts on LinkedIn 

Every month we’ll be posting a roundup of the founders we’ve celebrated, right here!  

Here are the four founders we’ve raised a toast to in September... 

Sanjay Lobo  

For our very first founder focus, we shone a spotlight on Sanjay Lobo, Founder & CEO of onHand! 

Why we chose Sanjay: 

  • As Chef onHander, he's on a mission to help businesses make an impact on the biggest issues facing the world today. 

  • Sanjay and his team are focused on improving employee wellbeing through regular wellbeing days, 'Summer Fridays' and much more! 

  • He's also the Winner of British Entrepreneur for Good 2020. 

About onHand: 
Described by IBM Health Watson as "Uber for Volunteering", onHand help businesses have impact on the biggest issues facing the world today. Their platform is the world’s first on-demand corporate volunteering platform.  
The Great British Entrepreneur Tech for Good Winners have delivered 1000's of help missions across Food Waste & Homelessness, Mentoring, Environment and Elderly & Isolated help.  

Read more about why Sanjay started onHand, here: https://bit.ly/3z5BCSP    

 Lorena Puica 

We then raised a toast to Lorena Puica, Founder & CEO of iamYiam 

Why we chose Lorena: 

  • Lorena and the iamYiam team are on a mission to enhance the health and quality of life of one billion people by 2025. 

  • Alongside the other awards she and the team have won, Lorena was named one of the Top 30 Women in AI in 2019. 

  • Lorena is an extreme athlete with two world records under her belt! This includes completing seven marathons across seven continents in as many days - all whilst being tied to her team! 

About iamYiam:  

iamYiam is an award-winning leader in predictive health technology that helps organisations improve the life quality of employees through their innovative app syd.   

syd provides outcomes-based health planning to steer prevention strategies and track ROI so organisations can view anonymous, aggregated data while employees get personalised, goal-based recommendations and advice.  

The team have won multiple awards over the last few years, including First 100 Digital Health by UK Government in 2021, as well as being named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the UK.   

Learn more about their mission, here: https://bit.ly/38RReOF  

Jonathan Petrides  

Then, we celebrated Jonathan Petrides, Founder & CEO of allplants 

Why we chose JP: 

  • He believes the world (and everyone on it) would be better off if we ate more plants. That's why he created allplants! 

  • JP and his team are part of The Tech Zero Taskforce and are committed to removing all emissions they possibly can from their supply chain by 2030. 

  • As the Founder and CEO of one of the few VC backed B Corps, he was named one of the 15 most exciting food entrepreneurs to watch in 2020! 

About allplants: 

JP created allplants to make eating more plants a supremely positive choice that is delicious, healthy, accessible and full of joy: an inclusive celebration of food and life: a fiesta, not a fast.  

Through their food and website they make it delicious and easy for anyone to make the switch towards plants one dish or day at a time, with delicious, chef-made, plant-based food straight from their kitchen to yours. 🍽  

allplants is one of only a handful of venture capital backed B-Corps in the world, dedicated to leveraging high growth principles in order to help solve the climate crisis at scale, using business as a force for good.  

Learn more about JP in The Plant-based Business Podcast with vevolutionplatform, here: https://spoti.fi/3kcz3JS   

Psst, they’re hiring - check out the roles, here: https://bit.ly/3nEwjXU  

Rachel Carrell  

And last, but by no means least, we gave a shoutout to Rachel Carrell, Founder & CEO of Koru Kids! 

Why we chose Rachel:  

  • Through Koru Kids, Rachel is on a mission to profoundly improve the wellbeing of a million families in the next 5 years. 

  • She is campaigning for the Secretary of State for Education to follow through on the government’s 2019 election promise to invest £1bn into childcare. 

  • Rachel was also named one of 2021's coolest UK female founders making huge impact in tech! 

About Koru Kids: 

The Koru Kids team are making it easier and more affordable for families to access high quality childcare. They don’t just believe in providing outstanding childcare to families, they are all about using technology to make it seamless for parents.  

Their after school service matches parents in London with the top 10% of student nannies in London and our their nanny share service helps families to share nannies with other local families.  

Rachel is the former CEO of DrThom.com, the world’s largest online doctor service, which she grew to over 1.3m paying users in three countries. She’s an Oxford alumn, ex-McKinsey, a Rhodes Scholar and a WEF Young Global Leader. Rachel’s joined by an amazing team with backgrounds including Cambridge, UCL, BCG, KPMG, and some of London’s top startups.  

Learn more about Rachel on this episode of Modern Leadership Podcast by Juggle: https://bit.ly/3ijXfZr  

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