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Meet Mo Aldalou: our North West 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 Mo Aldalou, our North West Entrepreneur Engagement Manager based in Manchester.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a former business and technology journalist with more than seven years of experience interviewing company founders and senior directors both in Dubai and the UK. I have been based in Manchester for five years and have previously worked at Insider Media and BusinessCloud, the technology magazine launched by UKFast co-founder and CEO Lawrence Jones.
I want to do everything in my power to raise the profile of the region’s most ambitious digital and technology startups. As a journalist I understand that every entrepreneur has a story worth telling.
What wins have you had since starting? What impact have they made?
My primary focus over the last two months has been to leverage Tech Nation’s (as well as my own) UK-wide network of entrepreneurs, investors, stakeholders and influencers to help early-stage startups and scaleups in my region.
I have helped a startup with securing press coverage and made a number of introductions between entrepreneurs and angel investors, which I hope will go on to bear fruit.
I’ve been asked to become a member of the Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative Board and invited to become a judge for Prolific North’s inaugural Tech Awards.
Have you met any exciting companies?
Too many to mention – particularly in the fintech, healthtech and tech for good space. The creativity, passion and determination of entrepreneurs that I’ve met across the North West over the last two months has been incredible.
One of the startups that stands out is one that is pioneering the use of blockchain technology to help save consumers hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills. I’ve also met a Manchester-based tech founder using a new technology platform to tackle sexual harassment and bullying at universities and workplaces.
What challenges are founders facing in your region?
Access to funding is a major challenge for tech businesses across the UK, and the North West is no exception, but Manchester is lucky to have a growing network of tech savvy angel investors and VCs venturing out of London.
The most common challenge brought up by every entrepreneur and stakeholder is recruiting and retaining talent, particularly when growing startups aren’t always able to compete with larger companies when it comes to salary packages.