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Brent Hoberman

Co-Founder and Executive Chair

Founders Forum

Country or State

United Kingdom


Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Factory (global venture studios, seed programmes and accelerator programmes), Founders Forum (global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders), and firstminute capital ($320m seed fund with global remit, backed by over 120+ unicorn founders). Previously, Brent co-founded in 2010 which went public last year with a valuation of $1.1bn, and in 1998 where he was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent has backed nine unicorns at Seed stage and technology businesses Brent has co-founded have raised over $1bn and include Karakuri (provider of robotics, AI and automation systems), Founders Intelligence (entrepreneur-powered consultancy - recently acquired by Accenture), EQL:HER (network taking action to change the underrepresentation of women in technology), Founders Keepers (technology executive search firm), Founders of the Future (network that identifies and supports aspiring entrepreneurs), Founders Pledge (community for entrepreneurs committed to finding and funding solutions to global challenges), Grip (AI-powered event networking solution), Framework (world's first on-demand business school), 01 Founders (a network of free-to-access coding schools with a job guarantee), Founders Law (full-service tech law firm), Founders Makers (a creative partner for challengers and forward-thinking corporates), and Polygo (graduate talent accelerator). Brent sits on the advisory boards of Google Cloud, The Tessa Jowell Foundation, the UK Government Digital Service and the WEF Digital Europe Group. He was also a founding Champion of Change for The Global Tech Group, has been an advisor to four UK prime ministers and in 2015 was awarded a CBE for his services to entrepreneurship. Previously, Brent was Chairman the Oxford Foundry advisory board from its inception, chaired Karakuri, and The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying for The Duke of Cambridge, and further former board roles include The Royal Academy, TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian Media Group, Shazam Entertainment, Eton College, Imperial College Innovation Fund and The Economist. Angel Investor/Advisor:,, Aire Labs, Bardeen, Beren Therapeutics, Bombinate, Busuu, CognitionX, Conduit Club, CreativeLive, Dioxcyle, GetYourGuide, Getsetup, Erepublik, James Perse, Kenshoo, Lucky Voice, Luko, Maven Clinic, Nous, Onfido, DataTiger, Owkin, Pangaia, Peptone, Previse, Sideways6, Snips, Loveholidays, Truecaller, Viagogo, Treatwell, Zama

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Current Position

Co-Founder and Executive Chair at Founders Forum


Master of Arts - MA, Modern Languages & Literature

Past Talks

NeoCon 2022