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About Us

About Us

Founders Forum started in 2005 with a simple thought in mind – to create the perfect environment for collaboration. The community was established as a response to the lack of credible, peer-to-peer European entrepreneur networks to rival those that existed in Silicon Valley.

The community was first convened to share ideas and forge new collaborations, through a 50-person event in London, where founders came together with investors, corporate and government leaders, to discuss the future of industries, new technologies and business models.

Today, Founders Forum meets annually in London each June, assembling the world’s top entrepreneurs and leaders for exactly the same purpose – to create the perfect environment for collaboration.

Founders Forum has a global footprint, hosting two flagship forums annually, and a number of international events from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv to Mumbai, and Paris to Hong Kong.

As our community has grown, we have also launched a family of businesses that exist to support entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, covering advisory, executive search, education, diversity & inclusion, charitable giving and various others.

With the support of our partners, we remain committed to pioneering the future of industries, discovering and unearthing the latest trends in technology and promoting avenues to create a positive impact on society. We welcome you to be part of the journey!


"Founders Forum is remarkable for the high level of talent it attracts. The network is where friends are made and deals are hatched, where entrepreneurs are mentored and where investors are educated."

Wired Magazine

"Silicon Valley is no longer the only place to be if you want to succeed in tech"

Matt Brittin
Vice President Europe, Google

Key People

Key People

Brent Hoberman

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Forum, Founders Factory, and firstminute capital, a $100m seed fund with global remit. Previously, Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn.

Brent is an Advisory Board Member of The Oxford Foundry, The Royal Academy and the UK Gov Digital Advisory Board. He also co-chairs the Prime Minister’s Business Sector Council for Small Business, Scale-ups and Entrepreneurs, is a Male Champion of Change for The Global Tech Group, and in 2015 was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship. Previous advisory board roles include LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund), TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian Media Group, Shazam Entertainment and The Economist. In 2017, Brent chaired The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying for The Duke of Cambridge.

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Brent Hoberman

Jonnathan Goodwin OBE

Co-Founder

Jonnathan Goodwin co-founded Founders Forum in 2005 together with Brent Hoberman. He is Partner and Head of Merchant Banking at Alvarium, following the aquisition of Lepe Partners which he founded in 2011. Prior to founding Lepe, Jonathan was Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LongAcre Partners, Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house, which he sold to Jefferies in 2007. Prior to this, Jonathan was Group MD of the Wireless Group PLC, a UK radio group that was formed when he left Apax Partners to join a buyout of the radio station Talk Radio in 1997 with the backing of News Corporation and Liberty Media. Jonathan is also Chairman of Founders Pledge (a programme to encourage UK entrepreneurs to donate part of exit proceeds to charitable causes) and Treasurer of Centre of Policy Studies, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Tech City Future Fifty. He is also a member of the Advisory Board on Planning and Development at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Chairman of the NSPCC Digital Taskforce. Jonathan is an angel investor and in 2009 he co-founded PROfounders Capital.

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Jonnathan Goodwin OBE

Poppy Gaye

Head of Partnerships

Poppy was the first employee at FF and in 2016 co-founded accelerateHER. Helping FF expand internationally she has produced and raised sponsorship for all events, produced the FF films and curated the ‘10 Years’ book created for FF’s 10th anniversary. She co produces FF’s ‘Moments That Made Me’ podcast alongside GROW by Facebook. Prior to FF, Poppy lived in LA working in featurefilm development for Misher Films and Di Bonaventura Pictures. During her teens she was an actor in international commercials, West End musicals, a BAFTA Award winning TV series and a perioddrama ITV film. Poppy co-founded a lingerie line in 2008 after graduating with an English Literature degree from Leeds University. Poppy is a judge of the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

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Greg Kennaugh

Chief Operating Officer

Greg joined Founders Forum in 2016 as COO. Greg oversees the day-to-day running of the group with responsibility for coordinating the FFamily of businesses, managing its stakeholder interests, implementing strategic projects and launching new businesses. As a qualified (but reformed) lawyer, Greg has technical expertise in structuring transactions and executing projects. Prior to joining Founders Forum, Greg worked for the global media group, Holtzbrinck. There Greg lead on acquisitions and investments for the M&A and corporate venture divisions with particular focus on businesses delivering innovative science and education services

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Our Team