kal patel, ana bakshi, niamh gavin, arlan hamilton

Our Mentors and Experts

The Foundry has a global network of exceptional senior-level advisors, ambassadors and mentors, who generously contribute their time and expertise to supporting and developing our ventures. 

Our expert network includes industry generalists such as:

  • Benn Legg, MD, Ola UK, ex-COO, Google Europe
  • Kal Patel, Senior Advisor & partner, Vantage Point, ex-CEO/President at BestBuy
  • Robin Saunders, CEO, Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP
  • Srin Madipalli, Co-founder, Accomable (exited to Airbnb), now Product Manager, Airbnb
  • Niamh Gavin, Global start-up partner and advisor
  • Patrick Pichette, General Partner, Inovia Capital, Chairman, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI)


Our specialist experts include:

"The Foundry is actively demonstrating the positive impact that can be achieved when universities take a central role in nurturing ventures outside of research. By connecting budding entrepreneurs to impressive entrepreneurial networks and resources, the Foundry is opening up many more pathways and possibilities."

Patrick Pichette, Chairman, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI)
Robin Saunders
Robin Saunders, Managing Partner, Clearbrook Capital

“I’ve been involved in advising major international businesses for many years, but there’s something particularly exciting about launching something completely new. I am thrilled to have been asked to help young entrepreneurs to translate their vision,ambition and energy into viable new businesses, and it’s so rewarding to see them develop personally and professionally through the L.E.V8 programme.”

Kal Patel
Kal Patel, Business Advisor, CEO BestBuy Asia

I have been fortunate enough to coach and mentor entrepreneurs on the L.EV8 programme at the Oxford Foundry. It’s an amazing programme and is a great place to incubate, build and scale your venture. Six months equity-free support!!

“The L.E.V8 Accelerator is producing serious, scalable businesses, that are changing people’s lives for the better. Oxford is leading the way in university-based venture acceleration, and as a resident expert to the Foundry, I believe that it’s imperative that we all support such initiatives to reach further and achieve more, for all of our tomorrows.”

Ben Legg, Managing Director, Ola UK