18th April: Stephen Rapoport
Stephen Rapoport launched PactCoffee.com in 2012 as a way to combine his two biggest passions; coffee and entrepreneurship. Pact works as a flexible subscription service delivering the best coffee from around the world to coffee-lovers in the UK at home or in the office within just 7-days of roasting - so when it tastes its very best. Stephen is a seasoned entrepreneur and early advocate of community based consumption. Pact is his fourth start-up. He previously built and sold the apartment-sharing site Crashpadder to Airbnb.Pact has already secured over £2.5m in investment from the likes of Connect Ventures, Taavet Hinrikus (TransferWise/ Skype), Robin Klein (Index Ventures) and Rowan Gormley (Naked Wines). The team has grown from 10 to 35 in the past year, grown at an average of 20% month on month and now sends out thousands of bags of freshly roasted coffee everyday from its HQ in Bermondsey (30,000+ cups worth of Pact are drunk everyday in the UK - from Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides). Pact is making speciality coffee accessible to everyone and on a mission to get the UK drinking a better cup of coffee. While improving millions of mornings in the UK, it will also drive a better income to thousands of poor coffee farmers around the world.