Executive for Growing Businesses & Access to Finance, GBSLEP
With over 15 years’ experience of helping early-stage businesses to grow and scale, Joel Blake is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, public speaker and diversity advisor for the technology and finance sectors and leads on the Growing Business and Access to Finance strategy for the GBSLEP.
In 2005, Joel founded Cultiv8 Solutions, a premier diversity consultancy for professional services firms looking to diversify their customer markets. In 2013, he co-founded a financial lending firm that provided start up funding for over 650 UK businesses, before moving on to launch FeeLYX, a FinTech data aggregation and benchmarking platform for high growth SMEs.
He chairs the Diversity in Tech group for midlands technology network Silicon Canal, and is a board member of the WMCA Digital Board. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and was awarded an OBE in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.