Karen Melonie Gould is an Innovative/Disrupter of Finance and Investment and Digital Marketing. With over 25 years’ at an International level from working in the Travel Industry in the USA and Caribbean and North Africa to working in the UK and Europe in Fintech and Digital Marketing. Gatway2digital part of her brand just made it to the finals of #VOOM Virgin out of 3000 businesses. In 2016. This platform is expanding with a new data capture marketing cloud tool ‘GENIUS’ for 2017 Launch. Gateway2enterprise grow organically to over 177000 members combined within 3 years. Karen herself has just returned from Vienna at the E Leaders World Conference as a Speaker on Business Enterprise Finance and Investment in 2016 and regularly speaks in London and Europe on Fintech, Bitcoin, Entrepreneurship, preparing/raising investment, Business Angel Networks etc.
Karen presently Mentors and advises Businesses mainly in Fintech, Bitcoin, Payments, Proptech, Insurtech, Meditech etc. across the Globe on how to prepare for Investment and then gateway2enterprise uses its technology to source the investors with over 5000 Investors within their network.
Karen started out her own Entrepreneur journey back in the 90’s with two successful business one which she created and started in the Dating industry which she took to a £10m turnover within 3 years. The other business was a Training and Business Development Consultancy which had clients from Virgin – and other Top FTSE clients in the UK. Karen was one of the first in the UK to set up in May 2014 her Alternative finance platform which has been restructured launching Sep 2017 to become an investment matching and support platform for its members. Our Members can profile their company to engage with other members, trade, post jobs, events and more …
Karen is presently working in partnership with VCEntrepreneurs as a Board Member for ‘Women in Tech’ to raise investment in London and has new partnerships with MJ Hudson, Swiss Banking partners LIF and more … Also with LCIV Capital Enterprise Preparing Structuring and sourcing investment from Seed stage to AC series.
Karen has a new book out Sep 2017 ‘Women Warriors’ based on her struggles within her life as a business woman and sharing insight into other women who have struggled in the present and from the past across the Globe. This book is a self-help business book to encourage and inspire other women to become independent and use their ‘Entrepreneur flair’ to become financially independent but it also ‘bears all’ from her private life that hindered her at times in business having had many failures and successes.
Karen is proud to be Key Note Speaker and Compere at International Events across the Globe on Finance – Investment – Entrepreneurship – Business – Leadership and Management and women in business etc more recently ‘INVESTMENT ECOSYSTEM’ G2e also has their own Investment monthly events in London and Zurich to bring Investors together to showcase our client’s portfolios.
Skills: Entrepreneurship; Finance/Investment-preparing a raising/Scaling up/ Growth; Sales; worldwide contacts; Events Management; Speaker/Author; Digital Marketing; Disruptive Thinking; Operations; Leadership; Innovation; Strategic Development and Implementation; Business Development; Business Performance Improvement; Operational Management; Business Transformation; Change Management; Team Development; Culture; Communication:
An accomplished Strategic B2B Business Development and Finance/Investment ‘Deal Maker’ mentoring/brokering to Accelerate Businesses to scale up to exit by preparing them for Investment from Preparing Structuring their company to source to raise from my vast personal network. I am self-motivated, innovative and an inspirational, pro-active thinker, creating and delivering bespoke Solutions to SME’s issues around growth whether it be Finance/Investment or Operations – Sales or Communications and Digital Marketing. A true, robust Entrepreneur who delivers with passion with a focussed and charismatic flare! Outstanding business accruement with a flexible approach using Lean/ILM Principles using my International Operational Expertise and Project Management Leadership skills and expertise to deliver change through finance/investment solutions in any challenging environment. I think in the future and act now!
PROFESSIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT
2016 – EMBA – Fintech ESCP London – Finance and Investments
2014 – Present DBA – www.g-casa.com Publications
2014 Personal Wealth Management Certificate – Dolfin International
. B2B/B2C Business Development/Alternative Finance/investment Support – Crowd Funding P2P /Equity to VC Business Angel Networks/Syndicates to HNW and Family office networks – Pre-seed to A Series raise
. International Motivational Guest Speaker – Investment Ecosystem
. Able to deliver ILM Fellow Level 7 and Lean Principles Project Management
. Strategic Change/Culture Project Management – PMS
. Outstanding interpersonal/communication skills – Investment Events
. Management of teams re Training & Development of up to 400 personnel
. Accomplished business acumen – set-up and developed 2000+SME companies
. Assessing/Monitoring/evaluation using Cloud systems re KPI’s/ROI
. Research and Development re Business Finance/Investment Innovation
- 2016 Finalist in Innovat8 Innovation Award – Gateway2enterprise/2016 #voom Virgin Finalist gateway2digital
- IFB2016 Business Festival Events – 2-day events Investment Pitching raised £5.2M
- Finalist Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Award 2014
- Forward Ladies Finalist Business Woman of the Year 2015
- UK NO 1 Business Mentor Bafta’s Banking Winner 2013
- Author of 7 Business Self Help Books – ‘Women Warriors’ 2017
- Speaker Conference G-casa – Milan China Prague Vienna 2014-2016/Global Women’s’ Conference Germany 2016
July 2016 – April 2017 – Partner Invesdor – Crowd Funding – Workshops – supporting 30 plus businesses through crowd funding equity from 150k above
May 2016 – May 2017 – Sfhere – Scaling up businesses to exit – Board Member- Acquisitions – raising Investment and preparing businesses for Investment
Jan 2014 – Present – CEO/Founder Business Finance/Investment Solutions and Services Gateway2enterprise – CEO/Founder gateway2digital – Digital Marketing – Events IFB2016 June 2016 Business Festival – Virgin #VOOM Winner 2016 – Deal flow from 2014 – present 5/6 per year average
Jan 2012 – March 2017 – Business Finance/investment Mentor Rock Star Hub – App – Start Up Loans – supported over 2000 start ups Mentoring/Brokering
Jan 2012 – Dec 2016 MD WorkBiz Academy ILM Programs Level 2-7 Leadership and Management – Professional/Executive Career Search – Business Start Up
2012 – 2015 – Accelerate Growth Coach – Winning Pitch – SME’s growth
Jan 2009 – Dec 2015 – CCO Work CIC /WorkBiz Academy – Director – Fast Track to Success Employability Programs Academia. – Work/Business Club
2010/2011 Bank of America Finance Business Mentor for Third and Public Sector Organisations Cheshire
Nov 08 – April 09 – Manchester City Council Project Manager/Commissioner – 26 Projects/£4M budget
Oct 07 – Mar 15 UCLAN – Business Finance/Investment /Digital Mentor/Broker ERDF Programs
2008-2010 MBA Business Administration – University of Chester
2008-2008 CMI Level 5 Coaching/ILM Level 5-7 Fellow
References supplied on request