Magherafelt man 'one of the UK's most influential entrepreneurs'

Henry Joseph-Grant
Henry Joseph-Grant

Magherafelt man Henry Joseph-Grant has been named in the top 25 of the 2017 Smith and Williamson Power 100, which celebrates entrepreneurship.

Henry is founder of Belfast-based Peace Tech, which helps “nurture entrepreneurship and innovation” across Northern Ireland.

The S&W 100 celebrates those who help shape policy, champion, mentor, support and promote entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the UK.

Last year’s 100 list saw names like Sir Richard Branson, Baroness Karren Brady CBE, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and JUST EAT CEO David Buttress recognized for their contribution to championing the entrepreneurial cause, 2017 sees this introduction of an entirely new cohort, who have also been nominated by their peers.

Peace Tech’s belief is that the key to scalable peace, is a scalable economy and they are bringing people together in Northern Ireland through innovation in technology and entrepreneurship, creating opportunity, boosting the economy ultimately resulting in a reduction of division.

Henry has helped to build JUST EAT from early startup in UK to $2.4Bn IPO, he went on to work for other leading technology companies across the world and now utilizes his experience to help start-ups scale as an advisor and mentor working with Seedcamp and PiLabs.

Henry is a regular speaker at Technology events such as National Digital Week in Cork and he has judged high profile competitions like Richard Branson’s Pitch to Rich and the Asian Apprenticeship awards.

He is also a technology journalist for Irish Tech News and has interviewed the likes of Twitter founder Biz Stone and Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei.

“I’m thrilled to be included on the 2017 S&W Power 100,” said Henry. “It came as a complete shock when I was told that I was not only being recognized in the Power 100, but also in the top 25 of the list, amongst an exciting group of influencers and leaders, who take an active role supporting and shaping the entire UK entrepreneurial ecosystem, so it’s an honour and I hope my inclusion helps to shine the spotlight on my country of birth - Northern Ireland and it’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

S&W Partner and Head of Entrepreneurial services Guy Rigby said: “Without the likes of Henry and those listed, many brands that are household names today would simply not exist – they are critical to the wellbeing of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”