Julie Devonshire is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London supporting students, alumni and staff to learn entrepreneurial skills, have entrepreneurial experiences and, perhaps, start a venture of their own.
King’s College London engages an audience of +30,000 in entrepreneurship annually, helping to start and scale +30 ventures each year in health, technology, creative industries and many other areas. Over the last three years, King’s ventures have collectively raised more than £14m in investment and employ 288 people.
Julie’s team at King’s have delivered some ground-breaking work to support women entrepreneurs aiming to make the King’s accelerator the first in the UK to reach gender parity amongst each new cohort.
Before joining King’s Julie was the Director of Ventures at UnLtd supporting exceptional, early stage social entrepreneurs across the country to scale and to raise investment. Julie and her team delivered support in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the Cabinet Office, Santander, Coutts and many others.
Julie is an award-winning social entrepreneur and business-scaling expert; she scaled One Water, a range of bottled mineral water donating 100% of its profits to build water pumps in Africa. During Julie’s time with One Water, the business grew from £0 profits to £8.2m, donated to build hundreds of water pumps across sub-Saharan Africa.
Julie is an ACCA fellow who is passionate about early-stage entrepreneurs. In 2016 Julie was awarded an OBE, in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List, for her service to entrepreneurship.