Richard Godfrey

richard-godfreyFounder and CEO
Rocketmakers

 

 

I’m a co-founder at Rocketmakers which helps Bath and Bristol technology startups (as well as some US ones!) design and build their first products, find funding and get them to market.

Previously I ran the Architecture team at Microsoft and before that built some amazing projects (like the UK’s first DNA database and the European Solution Centre) for Deloitte Consulting.

“I want to see a desire to make this area stand out as a true centre for creativity and innovation”

 

What excites you most about the tech scene in Bristol, Bath and the South West?
The two cities are so close together with 4 major universities and two related yet distinct cultures that make it a pretty unique cluster in the UK. The number of great start-up ideas we see is astonishing and only getting better in quality and ability to execute all the time.

I’m constantly meeting entrepreneurs and investors who have moved out of London for lifestyle reasons and I think this whole area has an incredible amount to offer people who want to both work hard and enjoy life.

What are you hoping to see from the SPARKies nominees?
I want to see real passion about their ideas and work, real engagement in the local Bath and Bristol community and a desire to make this area stand out as a true centre for creativity and innovation.