Jon Bradford

  • Jon Bradford, the King of Startup Accelerators in Europe delivered the keynote speech in 2012 on birth and growth of Startup Accelerators, what made him introduce the TechStars model to the UK, and what could be in store for Manchester and the North West.

    Jon Bradford was Executive Director of ignite100, the Managing Director of Springboard and the founder and CEO of the Difference Engine, before becoming the Managing Director of TechStars UK.

    Prior to this, he was the Investment Manager at the Design and Creative Fund for North East Finance.  Jon has spent most of the last ten years working in and around start-ups; both for advisory firms and venture capital backed start-ups, including an Oxford university spin-out.

    Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen including a secondment to Melbourne, Australia.