GrantTree was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneurs Paulina and Daniel to help technology companies navigate the mysterious seas of UK government funding. Since then, we've helped many dozens of startups and mature companies alike to get the government funding they are entitled to.
GrantTree's mission is to be the most transparent, most innovative and most client-friendly company in the sector. Where others hide their prices, we publish them openly. Where others try to weave an aura of mystery around their work, we explain it plain and simple.
Government funding has traditionally been a closed up, secretive world where people hoard information about all but the most basic processes. We're aiming to change this.
GrantTree is a bootstrapped company, having not taken any external funding.
Having studied at University College London, Paulina went on to drive sales and marketing efforts (in the UK and internationally) for a number of tech and social media companies, including eCommerce, insurance policy administration software and enterprise search.
A keen networker in London startup circles, Paulina cofounded DreamStake.net, a support network for creative entrepreneurs, now helping over 4,000 entrepreneurial members to achieve business growth through funding, mentoring, training, events and space provision. Drawing on her experience of working with entrepreneurs at DreamStake, having recognised a need for reliable and efficient fundraising support within R&D intense SMEs, she established GrantTree.
After a Masters in Economics from prestigious Cambridge University, and 5 years helping global investment bank UBS manage its client base, Amar escaped the corporate world and joined GrantTree in 2012. He brought his considerable experience to bear to make sure that all our clients are happy, well served and cared for, and that their tax credits are delivered promptly, with maximum satisfaction.
As our team has grown, Amar has himself grown to become GrantTree's Operations Director, and is responsible for making sure our clients get their grants and tax credits as quickly and pleasantly as possible.
Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, tech geek and startup blogger. At GrantTree, he's the technical expert, both on technology and the intricacies of government funding schemes. If you have a detailed question that requires a detailed answer, Daniel's your man.
Prior to GrantTree, Daniel started two startups (Vocalix and Woobius), and has been a successful startup blogger since 2008, more recently on famous UK startup blog swombat.com. Daniel also gives workshops and courses about topics ranging from startup concepts to government funding, and advises several UK startups.
Daniel has an MPhys degree from Oxford University and is also GrantTree's resident expert on software engineering claims.
George Clements acted on his passion for foreign culture by travelling for a year after finishing school. Upon his return, he joined the Navy as an Officer and toured the gulf on board the HMS Illustrious, which taught him the importance of teamwork and diligence. After two years of service, George began running a business focusing on another interest of his – horse riding. He ran Point Two for three years prior to joining GrantTree, which produced a revolutionary air jacket for equestrian riders.
Working for several large companies, and contrasting that with his experience setting up his own business selling high end mobility products, made Jason realise that the world of startups was for him.
Upon graduating with a First class business degree, Jason moved to London where, because of his talent and attitude, he got immediately snapped up by GrantTree. He is a valuable addition to our team, particularly where it comes to understanding funding related problems faced by innovative tech firms.
With a background in media and journalism, Guy uses his communication skills at Grant Tree not only as a consummate client manager, but also as the company's in-house writer, editor and producer. He has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, and is particularly looking forward to Grant Tree's expansion into overseas markets.
David studied English Literature at the University of Exeter and the University of California, San Diego. He started his career in television programme development, researching and writing proposals for formats pitched to the BBC, Channel 4, Five, Discovery and The History Channel, before moving into the digital sector in 2009. As a producer, David has produced and/or directed digital video content for clients such as Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes, Mencap, Age UK, NSPCC, Elemis, Brut, and Mind Candy's online phenomenon, Moshi Monsters. GrantTree is the fifth tech/media start-up he's been involved in, having previously worked in the start-up scene in both digital marketing and video production, particularly servicing the third sector. He joined the company in spring 2013 as a Client Manager.
Sarah is a serial entrepreneur with a background in executive coaching with clients including C-Suite, directors and senior managers in bio-pharmaceuticals, private equity, publishing and the food industry. Her training work has taken her around the world and she has regularly spoken on conferences in the Middle East and Africa.
In addition to her consultancy work, Sarah has taught business presentation and communication skills at the London Drama School and worked in schools teaching innovative learning methods to GCSE and 'A' level students.
Jenna graduated with a first in Physical Geography from the University of Nottingham, which developed her data handling, analytical and research skills. In order to utilize these proficiencies, she embarked on a graduate scheme at a Pharmaceutical Market Research agency, during which she learnt the importance of clear communication in visual, written and verbal form. She is currently acting as Support Manager while she expands her knowledge of GrantTree’s services, giving her excellent insight into all elements of the running of the business.
With a background in math and economics, Ellie dabbled in investment management in Washington DC before taking the plunge and flying off to an exotic tech startup incubator in Bali. Between wild scooter rides and beach fun, she managed cash flows and staff productivity programs across 6 tech startups. Her heart, however, was always on the continent, so she left the Balinese paradise to join GrantTree (and we are not complaining one bit!).
Greenie moved from Hong Kong to London to join GrantTree in the summer of 2013. She plans to travel around Europe and the UK. Prior to London, she ran the sales team in a startup in Hong Kong. She began her career as a software engineer and ventured off on her own as an IT contractor and entrepreneur developing mobile apps.
She studied Computer and Systems Engineering in the United States and possessed a Masters in Applied Computing and a Law Degree from the UK.
A fully qualified architect with experience at prestigious firms like Foster & Partners and Make Architects, Bob is also a serial entrepreneur and joined us as an expert technical advisor for claims and grants related to construction and architecture technologies.
Steve is a practicing medical doctor and serial entrepreneur, and is our expert technical advisor for claims and grants with a medical technology focus.
Andrew has 15 years of industry experience as a mechanical engineer, and is our expert technical advisor for claims and grants with an engineering focus.
In addition to this core team, GrantTree makes use of a small but highly specialised network of expert consultants covering biotech, mechanical engineering and other key expertise areas.
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