Sooper Books: The £5 Dragons’ Den Deal that made history
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring Charlene Mitchell-Hood and Simon Hood
1w ago
Meet the power couple who quit their jobs and made Dragons' Den history, by giving away 5% of their business for £5.  Introducing Charlene Mitchell-Hood and Simon Hood, the founders of Sooper Books. Hear their incredible journey, which started as a simple idea to aid their daughter’s bedtime routine, which quickly turned into the world's number one bedtime story streaming service and saw all five Dragons invest.  Their journey will inspire you and arm you with valuable insights for your own startup. Don't miss this masterclass on how you can turn your passion into a category-defini ..read more
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Season 5 teaser
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage
3w ago
A teaser for Season 5. We deep dive into the minds of early-stage founders, who are only a couple of steps ahead. Our unique podcast format, blending interviews with analysis, brings you closer to the action. Our hosts, Dr Becky Sage and Ollie Tiramuragan Collard unpack the business lessons for you. Join us as we tackle taboo topics and feature a diverse range of guests, with over 1 in 3 being female founders and 1 in 4 being from an ethnic minority background since the podcast was launched in 2019. We delve into Ashleigh Tennent's journey in the coaching industry. We also hear about Andy W ..read more
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Clementine: Freeing millions of women to go from I can't to I can
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring Kim Palmer
3w ago
The untold story of how one woman's mental health crisis led her to create a revolutionary mindset company for women. Meet Kim Palmer founder of Clementine, a company on a mission to free women from unhelpful thoughts, feelings & expectations. Kim's very personal crisis led her to champion mental well-being and create a movement for women. Clementine is reimagining mental health and paving the way for digital therapeutics. Kim risked it all as the main breadwinner, giving up her well-paid job in strategy to follow her dreams.  Key Takeaways - Expansion and growth: Explore Clementi ..read more
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Clementine: Freeing millions of women to go from I can't to I can
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring Kim Palmer
3w ago
The untold story of how one woman's mental health crisis led her to create a revolutionary mindset company for women. Meet Kim Palmer founder of Clementine, a company on a mission to free women from unhelpful thoughts, feelings & expectations. Kim's very personal crisis led her to champion mental well-being and create a movement for women. Clementine is reimagining mental health and paving the way for digital therapeutics. Kim risked it all as the main breadwinner, giving up her well-paid job in strategy to follow her dreams.  Key Takeaways - Expansion and growth: Explore Clementi ..read more
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SCVC: College dropout to IPO - the journey from cofounder to deeptech investor
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring John Williams
1M ago
Get a rare insight into one entrepreneur's remarkable journey to a $1.5B market cap.  Discover John Williams's insider strategies and personal challenges as he co-founded and scaled Kudan from startup through to IPO. John's next chapter is building SCVC, a deep tech VC he and partner Harry Destecroix wished they had as founders. This episode is a must-listen for every entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. Key Takeaways - Insider IPO Strategies: from leading Kudan through to a historic IPO, John shares his untold story of the strategic manoeuvres and personal challenges of scaling a compan ..read more
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Mr Bug - From music to mealworms
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring Conal Cunningham
1M ago
Meet Conal Cunningham, a music industry veteran turned pet food innovator, and discover his remarkable business journey of perseverance and innovation. We deep-dive into the origins of Mr Bug, a company redefining pet nutrition through sustainably bred insect protein.  This startup story has everything from kitchen experiments to funding struggles and scaling triumphs.  Whether you're a founder, an eco-conscious individual, or simply curious about the intersection of sustainability and business, this episode is a must-listen.  Key Takeaways: - Understand how starting small a ..read more
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SOS Dance Global: Choreographing change and empowering a generation
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by Ollie Collard & Dr Becky Sage, featuring Bonnie Parsons
1M ago
Entrepreneurship is a lot like dancing; both require resilience, adaptability, and the courage to step outside your comfort zone. Find out how one startup, SOS Dance Global, is combining these elements to reach the top of the industry. This is a story of empowerment, resilience, and defying the odds. Bonnie Parsons, shares her remarkable journey from professional dancer to pioneering entrepreneur, and how she's empowering a generation of women through the universal language of dance. Key Takeaways - How to confront challenges head-on. Hear the harsh truths behind the obstacles facing femal ..read more
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Entreprenora: Your biggest, boldest self - from CIA to CEO
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by Ollie Collard & Laura Rawlings, featuring Rupal Patel
1M ago
Rupal Patel, former agent, now serial entrepreneur, shares her honest and personal journey of the challenges she faced and how she kept going in high stakes, high-pressurised environments in the field and in the boardroom.  Rupal reveals how the CIA mindset teaches you to be resilient and persistent to achieve your goals. She also shares some great advice on ‘tactical ignorance’ and how it can help deal with imposter syndrome and the inner critic. Her book ‘From CIA to CEO: Unconventional Life Lessons for Thinking Bigger, Leading Better, and Being Bolder’ is out now. Go to www.rupalypate ..read more
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Simpleweb - If you fail, make it quick
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by Ollie Collard & Laura Rawlings, featuring Mark Panay
1M ago
Hear from Mark Panay - Co-founder and MD of one of Bristol’s most prolific software agencies , Simpleweb. Learn Mark's highs and lows of running a business, and how his natural curiosity and fascination for learning has shaped his career.  Discover what Mark thinks makes a good start-up investment, and what he sees as the biggest challenges of being the boss. Presented by Laura Rawlings, with analysis from Ollie Collard. Support the show Proudly sponsored by our wonderful partners: National Protective Security Authority - NSPA: The Secure Innovation campaign helps you take steps to prot ..read more
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Xigxag: Spotting a gap and going for it
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by Ollie Collard & Laura Rawlings featuring Kelli Fairbrother
1M ago
Meet Kelli Fairbrother, co-founder and CEO of xigxag. She has the vision to make audiobooks more engaging. xigxgag has taken on a big global player and forged ahead developing a listen-and-read book, called the x-book. Kelli started in the US army, a place she credits with teaching her the grit and determination required to be an entrepreneur and where she first realised she could be a leader. She then spent 20 years in consumer tech before having the confidence to set up her own business. xigxag is her first venture. Kelli joins Founded & Grounded to discuss how you know when you’ve go ..read more
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