Brent Hoberman CBE
Chairman and Co-Founder
Founders Forum

Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Factory, Founders Forum (an invite-only, global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders) and firstminute capital (a $100m seed fund with global remit, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders).

Previously, Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $650 million and include;

Karakuri – a provider of robotics, AI and automation systems.

made.com – a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer with $137m funding to date.

Founders Intelligence – a specialist digital consultancy.

accelerateHER – a network taking action to change the underrepresentation of women in technology.

Founders Pledge – a community for entrepreneurs committed to finding and funding solutions to global challenges.

Founders Academy – a new type of business school for a changing world.

Brent also co-chairs the Prime Minister’s Business Sector Council for Small Business, Scale-ups and Entrepreneurs, and in 2015 was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship.

Champions of Change Global Tech

Brent Hoberman is a Member of the Champions of Change Global Tech group established in 2018 in partnership with accelerateHER. The group aims to drive change on gender equality globally in the technology industry and are focused on normalising flexible work across the industry; building strong pipelines of women; looking at how women are promoted, developed and retained; and creating inclusive workplaces.