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Meet Whitespace: a Belfast-based start-up to scale-up team

  • Whitespace began as a creative start-up, founded in 2014 by technologist Andy McCartney and experienced finance director, Paul Jenkinson.

    Both Andy and Paul have spent most of their careers helping companies scale and grow. 

    Prior to Whitespace, Andy’s drive to push the boundaries of technology and his creative vision set him on the path to becoming the founding partner of Microsoft Ventures.

    Paul previously worked in corporate finance, focusing on preparing companies for an exit and has taken three companies through to IPO. 

    Now Paul and Andy have built a team of 27 experts in the field of software engineering, user research, design and ventures who work with some of the largest organisations in the world. 

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    The Whitespace team said their focus is on creating meaningful technology solutions to important human problems.

    The company is seen as a respected leader in the field of technology and innovation and as a result has curated one of the largest Innovation Communities within the UK.

    Featuring a cross section of C-Suite through to practitioners from a wide-range of sectors, the trusted and private community delivers both on the ground and virtual meetups, workshops, masterclasses, and networking as well as open collaboration opportunities for its members.

    The firm even picked up Company of the Year and Deal of the Year at the 2019 Digital DNA Awards.

    In April, Whitespace announced that Dr Rachel Gawley joined the team as Chief Technical Officer.

    Since coming on at the start of the pandemic, Rachel has rebuilt the research and development of Whitespace’s innovation and ventures business. 

    She is currently leading the development of a new Whitespace product being created for communities coming together for a common purpose.

    Find out more about Whitespace here.

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