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.

In January 2017, we completed the first pilot of Rocket Fund. Ten pioneering teachers helped us test the idea of a crowdfunding platform just for schools.
Ben Gill
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Three weeks ago we launched a pilot crowdfunding platform just for schools. Here's a summary of the projects.
Ben Gill
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Take part in our innovation workshops and help us bridge the gap between schools and the tech sector.
Ben Gill
Tuesday, 16 August 2016