Simon Brightman

Vice President, Product Innovation @ Panvista

After 15 years of exciting roles in leading global enterprise, technology incubators, startups and public companies, Simon founded Accelerator U with a clear goal in mind: To accelerate on a global basis the number of great ideas that become viable products, so that they may help chip away at real social, environmental, community and other ills within their target markets.

Prior to founding AcceleratorU Simon led a $250 Million portfolio of SaaS based loyalty e-commerce products at, a Nasdaq company with global operations and top tier clients from the airline, hospitality and financial sectors including American Airlines Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt Hotels, Air France, American Express and many others. While at Points Simon spearheaded the introduction of advanced product development and management techniques such as product validation and prototyping with early market adopters, helping to substantially grow engagement and revenue.

Simon holds a software & business undergrad, an MBA specialized in R&D, he co-authors the Financial Post series on Product Innovation, is a strong supporter of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a proud member of the CrowdFunding Professionals Association. Also an avid pilot, Simon loves spending time with his wife, two little daughters and playing basketball with friends.