Global ambition for the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester.

A technology entrepreneur and UK Government advisor who successfully lobbied for £4 million towards the North’s largest tech campus 'Forward'. Currently changing the UK's internet.

Advised HM UK Government on tech policy including ex chancellor George Osborne
Hosted HRH Prince Andrew with the first Pitch the Palace, at Doug’s co-working space in Manchester
Private reception with HRH Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
Lunch with Xi Ping, President of China and David Cameron during state visit to Manchester

Hey, I’m Doug,

and this is my entrepreneur's journey so far:

I failed

In 2009 I failed big as a non technical co-founder attempting to build the facebook for nightlife and made every mistake in the book.

I learned

I decided the only way to bounce back was to become a technical founder and so taught myself to code through Harvard's free online CS50 course.

I gave

I wanted to help others avoid making mistakes and so I set out to help inform other aspiring entrepreneurs through the creation of Tech Britain in 2012, the UK’s first comprehensive map of the startup ecosystem.

I connected

I co-founded the first tech co-working and event space in central Manchester, and became an adviser to the government in doing so becoming a founding member of the Tech Nation cluster alliance.

I launched

In 2015 it was time to get back in the saddle and so with a passion for gaming I founded the UK’s first esports book maker and subsequently won the William Hill accelerator program.

And now I create

For the past 3 years I have been committed to transforming the UK's internet infrastructure through Telcom. By using new technologies and partnering up with key institutions, we are growing as a company and making the UK's connectivity future-ready and unlock globally remarkable innovation.

"The future is bright. Doug has star quality!"
Baroness Joanna Shields

Thanks for dropping by!

If you think I can help you or your organisation, I'd be happy to hear from you.

I’d also love to hear from you if you want to contribute to changing the country's internet, or want to get involved in the Manchester top 5 movement.

hi@dougward.co.uk | @SimplyDoug1987

Doug

P.S. Be sure to get your business internet sorted out too :) Telcom.io

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