Metta talks to Professor Tim Benton, Director of the Energy, Environment and Resources programme (and Emerging Risks Research Director) at Chatham House.

(📸: Chatham House)

Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, was founded in 1919 by British diplomat Lionel Curtis following the situation that gave rise to the First World War.

Created as a safe space for governments to come together and have confidential conversations about issues affecting them (which is where the Rule comes from), the House’s mission is to help governments and societies create a more sustainably secure, just and prosperous world. Over its first century, it’s been involved in some of the most important moments in history. …

Metta talks to Dom Hallas, Executive Director at COADEC, about being the policy voice for tech startups in the UK.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dom Hallas, COADEC’s Executive Director, to talk through the work he and the team do, how COADEC itself has scaled since 2010 and more than a few things in-between.

If you missed pt. I of the conversation, you can find that on the Metta blog here.

The interview below has been condensed and edited for clarity but if you missed the chat, you can find it on Spotify. You can also find it on Apple, Amazon and Google (+ all other good podcasting platforms while you’re at it). …

Metta talks to Dom Hallas, Executive Director at COADEC, about being the policy voice for tech startups in the UK.

📸: Jordhan Madec

The Coalition for a Digital Economy, or COADEC, was founded in 2010 as the tech ecosystem in the UK was starting to really find its feet. Established as a route for the burgeoning startup community to communicate with government, COADEC has become a key stakeholder in the UK’s landscape over the last decade. …

A few tips on what makes a well-rounded startup founder, based on my own entrepreneurial experience and 25+ investments as an angel investor.

📸: Benjamin Wedemeyer

I co-founded, scaled and sold a business during 2013–2017. It was my first time running a startup, the first time I’d raised investment, the first time hiring staff, and the first time doing pretty much anything properly entrepreneurial. You get the idea. I was new to it all.

It was both the scariest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

But I had no educational background in startups or business — in the sense I’d done a (pharmacology) degree completely irrelevant to the (B2C software) startup. …

As we celebrate IWD2021, we hear from stakeholders from across the ATI Boeing Accelerator network.

I am fortunate to work with an incredible team of women — both in our programme and the wider network. Investors, mentors, founders, technologists, industry experts and more: it’s an incredible collective and one I’ve learned a lot from over the last two programmes.

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, the programme team sat down with some of the women in our network to hear their thoughts on women in tech, STEM more broadly, mentor- and allyship, gender parity and equality and a few things in-between.

While you’re here, why not sign up for a (free) ticket to our…

Using data visualisation to look at the programme; from pipeline to process, output to impact.

As the saying goes, “In God we trust, all others must bring data”.

The ATI Boeing Accelerator programme team and I have spent the last 18 months helping hundreds of startups — from all over the world — better communicate data. What makes their product or process unique, where the value is. That all involves storytelling, but without the appropriate data to build that story, you’re at risk of creating a lullaby instead of the next hot bestseller.

Over the same timeframe, we’ve also been working with programme stakeholders, including the Aerospace Technology Institute (and HM Government’s Department for Business…

In the recent ATI Boeing Accelerator ‘Innovation & Investment’ webinar, panellists from the programme, DASA, Boeing and Plyable discussed some of the silver linings from 2020.

The pandemic has been a catalyst for change — both good and bad. At our recent ‘investment and innovation in aerospace’ webinar, it was clear from our panel that, while the aerospace industry has been negatively impacted in the short-term, the longer-term outcomes as a result of the pandemic are very positive. One key win for the industry, and the world more broadly, is an even bigger push in sustainability.

I was joined by Johanna Campion, the ATI Boeing Accelerator’s Venture Partner, Nichola Bates, Boeing Lead for our programme and part of the Boeing Horizon X Global Ventures team, Andrew…

In a recent ‘Innovation & Investment’ webinar with speakers from DASA, Boeing, Plyable and the ATI Boeing Accelerator, we discussed how to make the most of business in 2020.

Like me, you’re probably spending your day working from home — something that many would have considered ‘a treat’ in the past. Now, for many knowledge-workers, setting up to work at your kitchen table — or in an at-home office if you’re fortunate to have one — is the new normal. The ATI Boeing Accelerator team and I have been at it since March. Meetings are replaced with Zoom or Hangouts, events are all online, travel for work or a chat over coffee in an office kitchen seems like a past-time. …

GKN Aerospace’s VP of Strategy, Civil Airframes and Rolls-Royce’s Head of Sustainability share their routes into aerospace, how startups can work with corporates, sustainability and more.

As part of our ‘Ada Lovelace Week’, where we’ve been celebrating women in aerospace and aviation, I got the opportunity to sit down with our Programme Lead at GKN Aerospace, Susan Schofield, VP of Strategy, Civil Airframes — and Rachael Everard, Head of Sustainability at Rolls-Royce (our latest programme partner).

(l-r): GKN Aerospace’s Susan Schofield & Rolls-Royce’s Rachael Everard.

What’s your role within your organisation?

Susan Schofield (SS): I am currently the Vice President of Strategy within our Civil Airframe business division.

I took up the role on January 1 of this year and starting a new role during a global pandemic has certainly provided a unique platform for accelerated learning and development.

Rachael Everard…

The first theme for the ATI Boeing Accelerator’s second cohort

tl;dr — 🛫 Applications for the ATI Boeing Accelerator are now open. Applications close 4th October 2020. We’re looking for world-class startups at seed to series A stage that are building (software-focused) solutions to make aerospace more sustainable. Find out more, apply online or book an Office Hours call.

As you may have seen, we recently opened applications for the second cohort of the ATI Boeing Accelerator.

For our second programme, we’re looking for world-class sustainability startups building (software-focused) solutions that can be used to support the future of the aerospace industry.

Before we continue, let’s quickly explain what I…

Wil Benton

Co-founder & Partner, Metta - supporting startups, industry and governments with sustainable technology-driven innovation.

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