Andy Tait

Head of Innovation

  

Andy is a startup to scaleup entrepreneur turned startup investor now back to entrepreneur! His passion is to build high value growth for businesses by driving sales income and equity-based fundraising. He’s started new businesses in retail (HMV/EMI) and co-founded others in, video games, virtual reality, mobile technology and startup acceleration.


As a founding member of the pioneering virtual reality business, Superscape, he played a key commercial role in taking the business from start to a full IPO with a FTSE listing in London in just 5 years. Andy was directly involved in pitching and successfully raising over £60m of funding whilst serving on the main plc board. His operational role as head of business development saw him bounce around the planet spending significant time on the West Coast of the USA, Europe and across Asia. This delivered numerous global licensing deals with the likes of Microsoft, ARM, Intel and IBM.


Most recently he co-founded startup accelerator Collider which was listed as one of Europe’s Top Five Seed Accelerators. Andy led all startup and scale up interaction with corporations and agencies. Through this corporate clients such as Unilever, NBC Universal and Diageo have discovered game changing innovation some of which is deployed on a global basis. 


Through his work Andy regularly leads bespoke, targeted events bringing the best, most established innovators together with curious and ambitious corporate leaders to share opportunities and tackle challenges.