The Acorn Collective is using blockchain to help founders and startups find access to funding. We provide crowdfunding that is accessible, transparent and more likely to succeed.
It's a huge and growing market in the West and a largely untapped market in most developing countries.
Concept and Team building
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Founder onboarding begins.
Engage founder and crowdfunding experts community via Acorn Answers platform.
First chance to spend OAK for bounties on Acorn Answers.
Onboarding expands to guided learning and project assessment for founders to improve likelihood of campaign success.
Token utilisation and management tooling (basic offering): OAK wallet and payments functions. Liquidity reserve administration tools.
Early build of marketing dashboard and tooling.
Tokens unlocked and listed on exchanges. HitBTC confirmed.
Founders build their crowds in preparation for campaign launch. Early traction marketing begins.
First build of Acorn Marketplace.
Founders can spend OAK for tools that help their campaign.
Expansion of marketing dashboard and tooling.
Expansion of Acorn Marketplace.
Improved Marketplace integration.
Enriching backer platform experience.
Use of machine learning to improve project marketing success.
Entrepreneur, doctor, dog lover.
Moritz has combined 4 years of working in anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine with a passion for entrepreneurship, driven by the belief that technology can and should bring opportunity within reach of everyone, everywhere.
In 2017, he left medicine to co-found Acorn, a crowdfunding and startup ecosystem that helps founders and projects across the world access funding and deliver on their goals.
Alongside his incredible team (and Benny, the office dog), Moritz wants to use blockchain and crowdfunding as the key tools to help those entrepreneurs that are bold and ambitious enough to help themselves.
PS. Have we mentioned Moritz now gets to work with an incredible team of passionate people? Yea, they’re amazing!
Peter-Andreas Kurtz is a corporate finance specialist with over 40 years working for top European banks in Frankfurt, New York, London and Hong Kong. His expertise in MA with some of the world’s best-known brands has given him a deep understanding of financial risk management and analysis.
Peter now brings his unique insights to SMEs. With a passion for small businesses and start-ups, Peter believes every enterprise should have access to the expertise and funding it needs to thrive.
Ed is a software engineer and architect with over ten years experience in delivering small scale and ERP systems. A professional Scrum Master, Ed’s fascinated by InfoSec and DevSecOps protocols, and is also currently working on a new Agile process framework that focusses on assuring quality for agency-style multi-client software development lifecycles.
In odd moments of free time, Ed’s part of a group that contributes to and promotes QAA web standards as well as renovating a Victorian house. The web standards are much more straightforward.
Ed’s the co-founder and CEO of Hoppr, a big data platform that provides the link between digital marketing and offline retail transactions.
Ex-South West Chairman of the Institute of Consulting in the UK, Ed has created, owned and consulted for start-ups and traditional businesses for over a decade.
Tayana heads up the marketing department managing all marketing channels and outgoing content. She is also the resident copywriter writing most of Acorn’s marketing copy, material and articles.
She comes to Acorn after a varied career from working in television managing content teams, to project managing for NGOs overseas. Most recently she has been freelancing as a copywriter, writing about everything from stem cells, to holidays and nutrition.
Working for Acorn has been an exciting development in Tayana’s career, she feels strongly that if you have an idea that you believe in enough, you should have the opportunity to make it happen. She is looking forward to seeing projects become a reality as the platform evolves.
With a degree in Marketing, lengthy experience of business development and a passion for exciting ideas, Ben’s skills have seen him work across a variety of industries on a wide scope of projects.
From starting his own business to engaging with the C-Suite from the world’s biggest brands, his focus has always been on the people behind the ideas. A cheerleader for making the world a more accessible place for all and the democratising power of technology to achieve this.
Serial entrepreneur always working in new technologies. Co-founder of one of the first social Wi-Fi platforms. Co-founder of Hoppr App, disrupting all discounting and marketing channels for the hospitality industry.
Ed’s also currently working on a programme to create an incubator providing growth and development opportunities for young entrepreneurs and startups.
Following her studies in languages, business and international relations in France, China & Singapore respectively, Hélène moved to Indonesia to do field work for the humanitarian project of both international and local NGOs for several years. Since 2016, she is back home in France, where she is working as Global Health Partnerships Manager at an international NGO for access to medicines in middle-income countries. She believes community based organizations are the best vessel of change and that local initiatives need more support. She enjoys travelling, learning languages, scuba-diving, cinema and reading.
Simon is an EMEA go to market specialist in the cyber security industry as well as an experienced start-up advisor with a London accelerator.
Specialising in advising companies levering emerging technologies to build novel platforms, Simon is a former investing Non-Executive Director in the UK who now helps fast-growing tech start-ups to make their ideas a reality.
Tom is at the core of our software development at Acorn Collective, helping to shape and deliver the platform from a technical perspective.
He comes from 15+ years in the software industry in a range of sectors from retail EPOS solutions, to high net wealth markets and asset management solutions.
“I’m excited to be engaging my talent towards a more noble cause above generic financial services. I’m looking forward to providing a financing platform that will open up funding to developing nations, so that they have an equal opportunity to prosper.”
Tom comes to Acorn after 10 years working as a software engineer with 5 years experience successfully leading the development of products through the entire SDLC.
Tom guides Acorn’s technical solutions, security mitigations, whilst helping to design, implement and optimise the SDLC. He will help to support the live product and contribute towards the continuous application development.
Away from work, when he's not chasing after his son or cycling around the Mendips, Tom loves to get to grips with new technologies with an aim to directly or indirectly improve his capabilities and that of the team.
“I feel proud to be working on a product which will have a positive impact on the world and be involved in the development of a platform in such an exciting technical space right from its inception.”
Phil sits at the heart of Acorn’s platform development. Answering the all-important who, what, when and why throughout the platform build.
Phil comes to us from a background in development with a strong focus on the users’ needs. He is passionate about helping businesses to grow through the power of technology, and building products that people want to use.
Away from the office, Phil is a culinary connoisseur, and can never be found too far away from ‘some sort of food or drink or both.
“I’m looking forward to joining the journey, rolling up my sleeves and helping make the Acorn platform a reality!”
Steven's job is to ensure the quality of the software produced at the Acorn Collective. He is laying the foundations for an automated test phase to the release process to facilitate frequent releases of new features & improvements.
Steven has 11 years combined experience of Software Testing and Development, having worked in Finance, Fashion, Business Operations & Procurement software sectors.
In his down-time he likes to brew, performs at open mic nights and dabbles in personal software projects utilising third-party APIs like Spotify & Songkick.
"I'm really excited about the plan to provide accessible crowdfunding worldwide. I've found the strength of the team and the real culture of inclusion at the Acorn Collective to be inspiring and I'm looking forward to making a real difference."
It's Dan's job to make sure Acorn is usable, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. He's worked with some major FTSE100 brands but specialises in working with innovative start- ups. Dan has a strong belief in the power of accessibility, and that designing for users with extreme needs is the path to a better product for everyone.
He says that creating a platform that is truly global and works across cultures will be the biggest challenge and the most rewarding part of working at Acorn Collective.
Claire is in charge of shaping Acorn’s visual appeal. She is our resident designer creating and designing all of our visuals on various platforms, and developing a brand for Acorn that fits its vision.
Claire is happiest when working and supporting charitable causes having run art workshops for marginalised groups and supporting adults with special needs, and supporting refugees.
After working as a graphic designer for small businesses, charities and start ups for several years, Claire is delighted to be a part of an ambitious project which has the potential to empower others, and promote inclusiveness worldwide.
Ella is part of the design team that make Acorn look beautiful. She creates graphics and artwork for our social media platforms, articles, emails and marketing literature.
She comes to Acorn after freelancing as a graphic designer and illustrator, having recently illustrated a children’s book.
Having done a few crowdfunding projects for various different people, she knows how touching it is when you see so many people contribute and support your idea. She loves working for a platform that will help people succeed in whatever they intend to do.
Jamie is Acorn’s in-house cameraman and graphic design extraordinaire – he is responsible for much of the company’s visuals, videos and graphic design.
His career so far has seen him work as a camera operator in Vienna, as well as working for Jamie Oliver’s video production unit creating social content and graphics.
Jamie enjoys the excitement of working in a start-up with the potential to help people around the world crowdfund their ideas and businesses.
Tristan comes to Acorn from 6+ years working in PR and marketing working with a wide range of international companies. He is responsible for inbound marketing strategy, planning and evaluating campaigns that will give Acorn the global recognition it deserves.
Working for Acorn fits perfectly with his love for the crypto space. As a bonus he enjoys working in a fun, friendly environment with people who are genuinely enthusiastic about making this the best crowdfunding platform in the world.
A recent business graduate from the University of the West of England, Toby’s a keen entrepreneur in his own right, running a successful events company followed by Kanyefest, a national touring club night featured on Radio 1 and national press in the UK.
Like the rest of the team, Toby has been connected with small startups and entrepreneurship on a personal level, and shares Acorns vision of making enterprise more available to communities worldwide through better funding.
With great insights into social media mechanics and community-building, Toby’s focus is to help spread the word about Acorn through social and forum channels and help manage our ad campaigns.
Pippa is at the heart of our communities and social channels. Her day to day involves managing all social media and maintaining and growing the spaces where people from all over the world can connect, chat and find out more about Acorn.
After studying anthropology at university Pippa has spent her time working in marketing and events for a heritage charity.
Having lived and worked in Eastern Africa she has seen first hand the reliance on small businesses in the developing world. She is excited to work for a company that can help people make their own direction and paths. Her favourite thing about working for Acorn is how each member of the team is valued for their individuality.
Spending a lot of time buried in Acorn’s CMS, Sebastian is a big part of managing and developing client and partner relationships worldwide. Until now he has worked in a variety of roles including quality control, and writing for an online watch magazine.
Moving to Acorn’s Bristol offices from Cologne in Germany was a big change, but being caught up in the crypto buzz, he’s glad he took the spot when he did.
Peter is an integral part of our growing sales team who are helping to identify and set up meetings with important people in the blockchain sphere.
Peter is used to people-focused sales roles after working as a letting agent in the historic town of Bath.
He is enjoying working in a fast paced and challenging role that allows him to constantly meet new people and travel to new places.
As Project Founder Liaison, Charlotte is responsible for managing our relationships and communications with project founders who want to crowdfund on our platform. She also co-ordinates travel and logistics for our busy sales team!
As someone who is passionate about fundraising in her spare time, she is proud to work for a company who can help make people's’ ideas a reality.
Rory is responsible for analysing and developing Acorn’s digital marketing strategy – from tweets, to Telegram, Facebook and website analytics.
As a marketing graduate from the University of South Australia he is passionate about using his skills for good, and has a particular interest in sustainability and politics.
With a background in pro-social start-ups, he is well placed at Acorn Collective. A previous role saw him working for a niche sustainable food start-up, providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged Aboriginal people in Australia.
He is enjoying being a part of an incredible team dynamic and working hard everyday to make the start-up vision real.
Jan is Acorn’s self-proclaimed ‘King of Spreadsheets’. As the gatekeeper to the CRM his task is to maintain and develop our customer base, whilst making sure our company administration and systems are watertight.
After a year of studying philosophy, politics and ethics at university, Jan decided he would learn more from full time employment. Since then he has worked in variety of industries including managing administration at a laser measurement company.
Jan is enjoying the challenge and excitement of working at a rapidly growing company, and being an integral part of a game changing idea.
As an entrepreneur himself, Jack is excited to be joining a company with the aim of revolutionising the crowdfunding industry.
In the past year Jack built the first free global platform to help people with Autism into employment, changing the way candidates & employers see Autism in the workplace.
Now as coordinator of the sales team he manages sales activities including meeting with potential contributors at events and following on from the marketing team’s activities.
Jack enjoys being part of a team that not only shares the same vision and values, but has an amazing company culture that is diverse and innovative.
Tom is heading up Acorn’s event logistics and commercials, finding global events to spread Acorn’s crowdfunding message. As a member of the sales team he connects with accelerators and incubators around the world, making sure that partnerships help accelerate global businesses from different regions for when we are in full swing.
Tom comes from a background of events, and supporting small creative start-ups including managing the 360 degree cycle of a 46 desk strong co-working space for creative start ups. He enjoys working and learning from small companies with big ideas.
What most excites him about working for Acorn is working for an awesome team in a fast paced environment where he can help start-ups fulfil their dreams globally.
Philip is an admin all rounder having worked as a P.A, as a training co-ordinator and in learning and development in various industries including legal and pharmaceuticals.
He now comes on board to support the commercial team in organising, planning and research.
After working mainly for big firms, he is excited about being involved in a start-up. He is motivated by Acorn’s mission to help projects in developing countries get access to crowdfunding - as he rightly says “It’s always nice to help people!”
A sociology graduate, Colette comes to Acorn after working as a legal PA.
Here at Acorn she is the personal assistant to Ed Lobbett (CCO), and assists with research for the sales team.
She is excited to be a part of team with the initiative to make crowdfunding free for everyone, and excited by its potential to open up funding to developing countries.
Emma has several years of big company corporate PA experience. She has links with small scale personal entrepreneurship so has gained a vast wealth of business knowledge on opposite ends of the spectrum. Emma admits that the reality of being involved in Acorn is a refreshing new venture and is excited about Acorn's mission, particularly the ethos of helping the growth of small businesses in developing countries.
Day to day at Acorn Emma is an all rounder and prides herself on being able to add value at almost every level of the business. She works closely with Moritz but is on hand to provide a variety of support to others in the business.
Benny is the official mascot and brains behind Acorn. Since joining the team he has been working his way up in the company. A firm favourite in the office, he is hoping to one day become CEO (most of the team secretly think he should be the boss!)
In his down time, Benny likes fine dining, crime fiction, romantic walks in the park, and chasing squirrels (thankfully there are plenty scampering around at Acorn HQ!)
David has well over a decade of working in technology, with a wealth of knowledge ranging from delivering highly complex ecommerce applications to architecting enterprise grade regulated software platforms.
While serving as Chief Technology Officer at the World’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, David built the team and architecture that allowed the company to rise to its dominant position enabling the platform to raise over £350 million for its clients.
Ian’s a serial entrepreneur, investor and consultant with business experience from around the world. He's the founder of Binkplus, a startup incubator in Europe, and his overall mission is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.
With Ian’s experience in blockchain along with his passion for incubators and startups he’s a great person to work with as we try and change the way ventures get funded. Changing crowdfunding for good is a goal that needs great advocates and experienced advisors. We’re delighted to have Ian working with us.
Theodosis Mourouzis is an information security (with specialization in cryptography) and data analytics expert. He has a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and a MRes and PhD in Cryptography from University College London.
He has experience applying analytics in several domain applications such as fraud detection purposes and device fingerprinting. He has been a consultant for various startups and organizations such as Lloyds Banking Group. He has worked in research projects funded by UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and UK CDE (Centre of Defense Enterprise).
Kyriacos holds a BA/MA(Hons) in Genetics from the University of Cambridge, a double BSc in Computer Science/Mathematics and an MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona.
He has been working on achieving information accountability in relational databases and has been developing information accountability enterprise architectures along with forensic tools and algorithms for analyzing database tampering. His expertise includes database design and security, information accountability, and cloud databases.
Jeremy has over 19 years of experience delivering valuable products to large enterprises like BT, Nokia, Bloomberg, Guggenheim, HMRC and GDS. He has worked in leadership roles across all disciplines of the development cycle from business analyst to quality assurance to development in both the Unites States and Europe.
Jeremy has also co-founded cloud infrastructure security startup drie which helps enterprises develop and deploy software securely on AWS. drie has secured two rounds of funding in its inaugural year and has recently been through CyLon's cyber security accelerator.
Steve is an entrepreneur, social influencer in cryptocurrency, runs a podcast called The Coin Chat, and is an ICO Advisor.
An accomplished entrepreneur and strategist with extensive expertise at board level, in investment management, banking, energy and retail sectors. Steve has worked for notable companies such as Infosys, Deloitte and IBM.
With expertise in digital and technology platforms in investment, banking, energy and retail sectors and a specific focus in cryptocurrencies, Steve is well placed to deliver specialist advice in everything from digital marketing strategy, to token economics and user engagement.
“There is nothing more fun than being part of the early stages of a project to watch it grow and blossom much like planting an acorn. The team is highly motivated, visionary, energised and determined to build a platform that transforms social and crowd based funding.”
Hasib is a highly esteemed investment advisor, managing real estate portfolios for high net worth individuals across the globe. He has extensive experience in residential developments, hotels and luxury retail brands in Dubai and Pakistan.
Most recently Hasib has been assisting high net worth individuals to diversify their real estate portfolios into cryptocurrencies.
Hasib is based in Dubai and is an integral part of the Acorn team.
For the past two decades, Anuj Khanna has been helping financial technology, mobile applications and telecom businesses around the world. He has helped over 50 companies and their executive teams in achieving exponential growth and reaching their peak state.
Passionate about democratizing funding and business access, Anuj advises on ICO and business development along with good governance.
Anuj speaks five languages and has business relationships with thousands of telecommunications, IT, advertising, media and financial industry executives.
Desmond Marshall is the founder and MD of Rouge Ventures, an investment and strategic consulting firm in Asia. He is one of the very first individuals in Asia to be a member of the global Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, joining fellow ranks like Accenture, BP British Petroleum, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Microsoft, UBS, and many other Fortune 500 companies, in defining new development roadmaps to blockchain technology and its application in the real world.
Mr Marshall has numerous experiences in reviewing and vetting blockchain related investment projects since 2012, long before it became popular, and has an in-depth understanding of how investors and companies should operate within such a new trend.