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Meet Gino Brancazio: our Wales Entrepreneur Engagement Manager
Whether you’re a founder looking for connections or support, a stakeholder embedded in a local community or are simply interested in what’s going on in a region, our Entrepreneur Engagement Managers (or ‘EEMs’ for short) are on the ground in towns and cities and ready to help.
In this series of articles we’re telling you more about our EEMs’ roles and views about tech in the country. Here we speak to Gino Brancazio, our Wales Entrepreneur Engagement Manager based in Cardiff.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am formerly a customer success manager with six years of experience in the tech sector, building customer success campaigns for both small IT startups, and large international tech companies.
In my spare time I design and publish modern board games and I have successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns. I also run a service that tracks and alerts subscribers to product recalls in different sectors in the UK.
What wins have you had since starting? What impact have they made?
Being able to utilise the expansive network of founders and supporters in the UK tech sector has already been invaluable to the founders I’ve met with in the first few weeks in the job. I’ve also helped founders to connect to other founders and corporates across the country. That’s either to help them reach new customers to test and develop their product, or to find companies in the same field that complements the work they’re doing and so work together to support both products.
Have you met any exciting companies?
In my first few weeks at Tech Nation I’ve met with so many founders who are working on products that are having real, tangible effects on us in truly significant ways, from helping Gen Z to get into the world of work, to tackling everyday cyber concerns and ID fraud. It gives me so much hope to see how much passion our founders have for fixing problems for others.
What challenges are founders facing in your region?
Finding and retaining good talent in Wales is a continuing problem, but it’s improving more and more as exciting companies are starting to scale in Wales. The country is attracting people looking for exciting opportunities in a place that is known for a great standard of living.