Jon Yon – Short Biography
With a background that includes: 520 new businesses, the UK's fastest growing private company, prestigious awards and 15 years as a successful entrepreneur, Jon Yon is considered by many to be one of the world's leading experts and authorities in Startup business development and community regeneration through entrepreneurship.
Experience and Career Highlights Include:
Fortoa (fortoa.com) - Founder and CEO
Fortoa (fortoa.com) is a Social Enterprise that Uses Socially Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Education, Innovation and Inspiration to Support Under-Served Groups, New Business Startups and Disadvantaged Communities.
Part of a small team that built the UK’s Fastest Growing Private Company (recognized by D&B) – ‘Victoria Real’ (a cross-media web, mobile and Interactive TV (iTV) production company that delivered the world famous ‘Big Brother’ TV show and interactive services and websites for clients including: UK Government, BBC, National Lottery, Norwich Union, William Hill, Channel 4 etc. – subsequently sold to Endemol UK)
Mentored, coached and personally created over 500 New Startup Businesses in disadvantaged communities
Winner of UKBI (UK Business Incubation) Award for Best New Business Incubation Program – specially recognized for its innovative and highly-effective startup programs for entrepreneurs
International Speaker on Business Startup Strategies, Audience Engagement and Business Incubation
Strategic Consultant, Mentor and Business Advisor for high-growth Startups in Silicon Valley, California
UK Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise (a UK government role to promote women entrepreneurs)
Board member of Prowess (one of the world's largest organizations supporting women entrepreneurs)
Enterprise Gateway Director for East Sussex, (a large County in South East England) - tasked with regenerating deprived, disadvantaged and under-performing communities through Entrepreneurship and Enterprise.
Developed, wrote and taught World’s first MSc in Digital Television Management and Production (University Master’s Program)
Strategic Business Consultancy for Government organizations, large corporations, ‘Blue-chip’ companies and high-growth companies.
Advisor to UK Government on entrepreneurship strategies, audience engagement, social/digital inclusion and social impact measurement. Guest and performer for UK Royal Family and some of UK’s largest TV Shows.