Product Manager, Innovation Lab

Ben Gill


Innovation Programmes

Join Date

June 2016

What I do

Ben is a Product Manager in the Innovation Lab's Education Team. He is currently building Rocket Fund, a crowdfunding platform for schools, designed to enable more students to access the latest technology and find out what works in the classroom.


Ben has a background in tech startups, marketing and strategy consultancy.

He has a BSc in Environmental Science and International Development from the University of East Anglia. He has lived in Australia, Fiji, Sweden and USA, completed a graduate scheme at TUI Travel and worked as a strategy consultant for many large organisations.

However, his real passion is building new businesses. So far he’s launched 6 startups, including: a travel company in America, a film production company, an international film club and an online marketplace for handmade chocolates. Unfortunately the chocolate marketplace didn't work commercially, but did provide lots of wonderful ways to satisfy his cravings.

Outside of work he's into cycling, paragliding and scuba diving. He also runs the Adventure Travel Film Club, on a mission to bring outdoor inspiration to the city.

​BETT, the world’s biggest education technology (edtech) show starts tomorrow (Wed 24- 27 Jan). It’s an edech extravaganza! With an amazing array of products/services, and a confusing cacophony of sales pitches. To help you navigate through the noise, Rocket Fund reveals what edtech teachers really want...
Ben Gill
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
In July 2017, we completed our second wave on Rocket Fund, with 35 schools from across the country participating. Here we evaluate our findings and share what we’ve learnt so far
Ben Gill
Meesha Patel
Monday, 2 October 2017
In June, 35 state schools across Britain launched crowdfunding campaigns to buy the latest technology products and services in the second wave of Rocket Fund. Here’s an update on their progress
Ben Gill
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
At the beginning of June, we launched the second stage of our Rocket Fund pilot, with 30 state schools fundraising to buy the latest technology products
Ben Gill
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
We visited one of the schools that took part in the pilot stage of our crowdfunding platform, Rocket Fund, to find out what impact the items had. Here is Donna’s story
Ben Gill
Friday, 31 March 2017