As an Enabler at Entrepreneurial Spark, Joe has worked with over 300 businesses to help them become credible, backable and investable. His primary focus is working directly with the entrepreneurial leaders to develop their mindset, as the biggest barrier to success is often within the head of the entrepreneur.
After completing a law degree and I.T. postgrad, Joe moved into IT projects for 8 years. The next phase saw him complete a psychology degree before working with the Princes Trust, chairing a counselling charity and serving on the board of Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network. He ran his own social enterprise for 2 years before leaving to join Entrepreneurial Spark where he has helped entrepreneurs raise over 1m of investment and funding.
Self-awareness and personal development are critical aspects of growing a business from idea stage through to scale and Joe focuses on the leader and team as much as the idea and strategy. To impress you will need to have tight numbers, solid market awareness and measurable metrics. And if you don’t know the answer don’t try and fluff him through something vague, he’ll tear you to pieces!