OPEN CULTURE

GrantTree was founded in 2010 by Paulina and Daniel Tenner, out of a desire to
deliver tangible support to startups, tech companies, and other innovators, and to
improve the ecosystem of support for these companies.

TRANSPARENCY/TRUST

We have total transparency ashand trust across GrantTree, from our communication to our salaries. This breaks down the hierarchal barriers often found within companies, enabling us to increase our effectiveness across everything we do.

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Collaboration/communication

Within any business, it goes without saying that communication is paramount.
At GrantTree, we actively encourage collaboration and communication – even the trickiest conversations are tackled head-on so that we can work as a well-oiled machine, rather than several separate parts.

CHANGE/ADAPTABILITY

Change is good. At GrantTree, we pride ourselves on being fluid and nimble – something often not common in financial services! If we see a new product or process that can help our clients, we want to get it out as quickly as possible to enable them to fulfil their potential, not stagnate in ’this is the way it’s always been done’.

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ACHIEVE/GET OUT OF PEOPLE’S WAY

At GrantTree, we want to make stuff happen – and quickly. The best way to do that is to get out of each other’s way and all push from one side, rather than everyone pushing from all sides.

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WE ARE IN THE PRESS

“Inspirational Woman: Paulina Sygulska
Tenner | Co-founder & Director, GrantTree”

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“Why I let my team decide my salary…and theirs”

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MEET OUR TEAM

Andrew Operations

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Andrew
Operations

Andrew works behind the scenes wrangling with things like data, processes and culture. Piles of elaborate process diagrams around the office bear witness to this healthy obsession.

Ash Funding Specialist

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Ash
Funding Specialist

Ash loves tech and all things legal (he has one degree in each) – so life at GrantTree suits him perfectly. He is perfectly adept in any situation HMRC throws at him … the veritable fielder of R&D Tax Credits.

Daisy Funding Specialist

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Daisy
Funding Specialist

Daisy studied Philosophy at Sussex and joined GrantTree after working in client facing roles in the legal services sector. She’s a perfectionist when it comes to financial calculations, and always gets a thrill from ringing our ‘filed a tax credits claim’ bell. Yes, we do have a ‘filed a tax credits claim’ bell … and we love it.

Daniel Teal CEO

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Daniel
Teal CEO

AKA Swombat. Serial entrepreneur, tech geek and startup blogger, prolific HN commenter. GrantTree founder. His superpower: the ability to turn anything into a so-called “dan joke”.

Chris Funding Specialist

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Chris
Funding Specialist

Chris’ passion for tech saw him go straight from a marketing, advertising and PR degree to the world of technology. Before life at GrantTree, Chris has worked client side, with mobile technology start-ups (including his own), and agency-side with global brands looking to innovate.

Greenie Software Developer / Tax Consultant

Greenie
Software Developer / Tax Consultant

Greenie moved from Hong Kong to join GrantTree in 2013. She combines three superpowers: a law degree, a computer science masters, and some serious tax kung-fu.

Jason Funding Specialist

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Jason
Funding Specialist

Jason joined GrantTree after gaining first class honours in a startup-focused degree. Since 2012 he has helped our clients to raise in excess of £4million – and counting.

Jeff Funding Specialist

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Jeff
Funding Specialist

Our resident globe-trotter, Jeff spent several years spent working and studying around Europe (Ireland, Holland, Italy, Austria, Sweden), before finally landing at GrantTree; he always brings his friendly Canadian approach to working with clients.

Joanna Treehouse

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Joanna
Treehouse

Joanna studied at the University of Manchester, and is fluent in two languages – but you’ll never guess which*. She has stepped away from client management and moved over to running all things Treehouse (GrantTree’s new co-working space), including making sure there’s always a steady supply of homemade cake. *(German and Chinese)

Joe Funding Specialist

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Joe
Funding Specialist

After completing a degree in Financial Economics, Joe has worked in the finance sector and most recently for a construction startup based in the Middle East, before journeying back over to the UK and touching down in GrantTree, where he has been bulldozing his way through R&D Tax Credit claims.

Tinuke Office Manager

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Tinuke
Office Manager

Tin is our Office Manager aka, mother hen of the office. She also helps run Treehouse, keeping people fed and happy!

Kweku Partnerships Manager

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Kweku
Partnerships Manager

Kweku is GrantTree’s uber-whizz Partnership Manager. He has previous experience in startups, managing commercial partnerships and investor communities… with a few stories to go with it! If you’re doing interesting things in the startup space, he’s your guy. Roof-terrace-dwelling crumpet-enthusiast.

Mike Funding Specialist

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Mike
Funding Specialist

Mike graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Electronics Engineering, and, after a stint in Samsung, wanted to realise his passion for electronics and technology in the startup world, so he made the move to GrantTree and hasn’t looked back since.

Nicky Funding Specialist

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Nicky
Funding Specialist

Nicky’s background is in finance management across a variety of industries including shipping, FMCG, recruitment and hospitality. She’s also nearing the end of her CIMA struggle to be an accredited finance nerd, so she can command even the toughest of numbers at her fingertips.

PaulinaFounder

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Paulina
Founder

AKA “Pow!” GrantTree founder, public speaker, über-networker. Her superpower: the ability to turn anything into a dirty joke.

Pippa Marketing Manager

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Pippa
Marketing Manager

After first joining GrantTree as a Funding Specialist, Pippa wanted to draw on her previous experience in a global media agency and stepped into the marketing role of the business. She is formidable with her grammar and can spot a misplaced apostrophe at 100 paces.

Richard Innovation Consultant

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Richard
Innovation Consultant

Over the last 15 years Richard has founded three start-ups and successfully raised substantial funds through private and public channels. He is a seriously experienced grant consultant and will stop at nothing until your business realises its potential.

RobinInnovation Consultant

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Robin
Innovation Consultant

After 15 years working as a tech consultant and project leader, Robin has mastered the skill of programming devices by simply staring at them sternly. He is also an experienced grant writer and has many significant successful bids under his grant-writing belt.

Rowan New Products Designer

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Rowan
New Products Designer

Rowan has a solid financial background even before joining GrantTree’s ranks. He spent 7 years trading in the City, has a Computer Science degree from Trinity College Dublin and is the dynamic driving force towards spearheading new and innovative products for GrantTree – watch this space!

Sam Funding Specialist

Sam
Funding Specialist

Sam graduated from Portsmouth University with a degree in Business Economics and is spreading his wings in the financial sector by filing R&D Tax Credits at GrantTree

Shihan Finance Director

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Shihan
Finance Director

After completing his degrees in Commerce and Finance at the Australian National University, Shihan has spent the past 10 years working in the corporate finance and strategic consulting sectors. Finance guru by day, buffalo wing connoisseur by night.

Will Innovation Consultant

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Will
Innovation Consultant

Will has an MSc in Environmental Economics and an MBA. Prior to GrantTree he worked on Agri-Tech projects in a sub-Saharan African context and also a marine infrastructure project in the Southwest of England. He’s super enthusiastic about all things tech, in the grant/tax credit space or to do with surfing. Feel free to drop him a line to discuss any of the above

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