About us

This isn’t a company. This isn’t a charity. This is just some like-minded people who think this idea is so blindingly obvious that it just has to happen.

It was devised by Oli Barrett MBE and Henry Warren, they are old friends who have started multiple businesses and charities over the years.

Henry Warren

Henry is a multi-award winning innovation expert and entrepreneur specialising in Education Technology. Through his company, Henry works with a wide range of companies, charities and philanthropists to launch new education-based businesses around the globe – he has now run projects on all seven continents.

Over the last year, Henry has spent much of his time working (via his company) for His Highness The Aga Khan, rethinking the technology strategy for his 200+ schools in Asia and Africa.

Prior to this, Henry led Innovation for the Core markets of Pearson plc. Where he pioneered amongst other things; Virtual Reality Based Training, mobile learning in emerging markets and Flipped Vocational Learning. Before that, he was Head of Innovation at GEMS, the UAE based schools’ group. He started his career at 18 years old running the social enterprise Gemin-i which in turn created one of the world’s largest online communities of schools; Rafiki.

Henry also is an advisor & board member to a number of companies/charities. He’s a dad of three and is the alter ego of Barry T Tooth Fairy. Henry holds one of the more stupid Guinness world records and has also rafted the Nile holding a London traffic cone.

Oli Barrett MBE

Oli Barrett is a serial founder who enjoys making useful connections between people and ideas. He created Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge, in which over 250,000 pupils have made money and made a difference in a month, starting with just ten pounds. He co-founded Volunteer It Yourself (VIY), the social venture supported by Wickes, which has helped thousands of young people to fix their own youth clubs. His first job was at Walt Disney World in Florida, and his first experience in television was working on the launch of Bob the Builder. He co-founded The Rainmakers (an innovation and incubation company) in 2004, which continues operate out of San Francisco. From 2008, he co-created and led eleven international trade missions (including WebMission and the Clean and Cool Mission), to help companies succeed overseas. In 2011, he co-founded StartUp Britain, launched by the British Prime Minister and funded by the private sector. The campaign led to the creation of PitchUp Britain (with John Lewis and Sainsbury’s) and PopUp Britain, with the opening of shops around the UK. Oli hosts The Lens podcast with Business in the Community, which pairs senior leaders with future leaders, to discuss the future of work. He is a regular conference and awards host, for events across education, technology and entrepreneurship. He is on the advisory boards of Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors and Troubadour Theatres, and is a Fellow of impact incubator and business builder Zinc. Through The Connector Unit, founded in 2016, he tries to forge valuable and creative connections across a range of sectors and industries.

We are incredibly grateful to a number of incredible partner organisations who are supporting us on this mission.

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