7th February: Simon Devonshire

This week Simon Devonshire joins Elliot Moss.  

Simon built and now Directs Wayra Europe, the business accelerator that belongs to Telefonica. In its first two years, Wayra Europe now has seven academies in five countries, and has invested in c. 150 start-ups that are valued at over €100m.

Prior to Wayra, Simon ran the Small Business division of O2 UK for five years, a €1bn business, doubling the number of business customers in that time.

Originally a marketer, Simon worked on a diverse range of prestigious brands including: Virgin Media, Yellow Pages, Post Office, Total, Thomas Cook, Spillers, and HJ Heinz.

Simon is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of a remarkable portfolio of businesses that includes: One Water, Zopa.com, Local Data Company, Concept Cupboard and Coding Cupboard.

For many years Simon has been a passionate ambassador of start-ups, which he now champions through his active Advisory roles for: The Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Santander, The Centre for Entrepreneurs, www.makeitcheaper.com, www.kiosked.com.