After studying for her master’s degree at the University of Chicago and working on a political campaign there, Alex Depledge returned to the UK to work as a consultant at Accenture. She specialised in customer and channel execution. In 2012, Alex teamed up with her friend and fellow Great British Speaker Jules Coleman to start the online business Hassle.com, now known as ‘Helping’. Impressively, Alex raised the largest VC capital funding ever for a solely female owned business at the time.
What started life as a rather modest booking page allowing users to book all manner of services, became a well-known brand. The duo would go on to sell the company in 2015 for an impressive £24 million.
The following year, the duo set up Resi.co.uk – with Alex as CEO and Jules as CTO – an online architectural platform helping UK homeowners renovate and extend their homes.
Alex is now a popular entrepreneurial speaker, looking at start-up mentality, branding, scaling up a business, overcoming obstacles, the importance of duty of care, diversification, and how to respond to customer needs.
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Alex Depledge has also become an active voice within the UK tech sector. Named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechCity Insider, Alex has sat on a number of tech-based boards. Between 2015-2017, she chaired the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), a non-profit campaigning for support for digital startups; between 2015-2016 she sat on the Sharing Economy UK board, working with the government lobbying for changes to protect consumers and businesses; and with London LEAP from 2017-2021, working with the London Mayor to boost jobs and support economic growth in the capital. Since the start of 2023, she has also worked alongside Persimmon Homes, and Startup Coalition as Non-Executive board members.
She has been part of the Labour Party’s review of business start-up funding, and has worked with the Government’s taskforce on women-led high-growth enterprises.
With a direct, refreshingly ‘non-techy’ approach, Alex also looks at broader areas within digital and technology. She compares how the UK and elsewhere measures up against the dominance of Silicon Valley.
Her achievements have seen her awarded with many accolades, including The Barclay’s Entrepreneur Award for Start Up of the Year in 2020, the Emergency Technology Scale-Up at the 2022 Enterprise Awards, and an MBE in 2016 for services to the sharing economy. She was named in Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2017, Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People List of 2016 and 2017, Management Today’s 35 Under 35 List 2015, and was named as one of the UK’s 30 Female Founders to Watch by The Financial Times.
Alex Depledge on Artificial Intelligence: She looks at the threats and opportunities automation and AI offer, including the future for workplaces and workforces.
Alex Depledge on Women in Tech: She shares her experiences and opinions on women in technology, the sharing and gig economy, and the future of the tech sector. Female-founded businesses receive less than 2% of investors’ capital, and there are only nine female CEOs in the FTSE 100. The spotlight has been on this issue for over 20 years, so why haven’t things improved? Alex discusses what women can do to make sure they are heard, get that pay rise, and most importantly ensure workplace equality. Alex’s journey shows that being a woman in the workforce can be a superpower and that this power can be used to your own, and others’, advantage.
Alex Depledge on Startups that Shouldn’t Win But They Often Do: An established business has customers, a brand, data, a knowledgeable workforce, and in most cases, money. Yet in every sector we see them being challenged by start-ups which have only two things going for them – investment and speed. They shouldn’t win, but everywhere you look, they do. Alex explains what, and how, you can learn from start-ups and what are the ways to beat them at their own game.
Alex Depledge on the Future of Work: Many businesses are ripe for disruption – to enhance their longevity and ensure their survival – but become fearful when it comes to actioning change. By failing to move forward, businesses often see their long-term prospects hit hard and growth stymied. Alex uncovers how businesses can recognise when change is needed, the importance of timing when disrupting standard business models, and the key drivers of successful innovation.
Clients: Adobe, Barclays, CBI, eBay, NatWest, TechCrunch, YEXT
Alex Depledge was an absolute revelation opening our event. Her no-nonsense keynote speech was funny, warm, and full of practical, hard-won insights and tips. It is rare to find speakers who can genuinely combine such rich substance with such an accessible delivery style. Very happy to recommend her for other events.
Alex was absolutely the perfect kick-off for our day. I knew she’d be great but hadn’t realised quite how great.
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