Meet the Team

Emma Kenny

Business Advisor

Innovate UK EDGE

Emma combines a background in consumer-facing businesses with experience of founding and growing a professional services company.

The first part of her career was spent in a variety of international marketing, general management and consulting roles with companies including Mars Confectionery, McKinsey, Kingfisher and Vodafone.

In 2007 she founded a procurement consultancy focussed on the food and hospitality sectors. The business grew rapidly with global clients such as Intercontinental Hotels, Costa Coffee and The London Stock Exchange, and won awards in the UK and Australia.

Since 2017 Emma has advised, coached and invested in early stage businesses, for much of that time working as a Deal Lead with Rising Tide Europe, an innovative Europe-wide programme designed to increase the participation of women in Angel Investing. Her particular areas of interest include assessing product and market opportunities from a commercial/customer needs perspective; helping growing businesses structure and recruit their management teams, and helping businesses prepare to raise external funding.

Emma is also a Non-Executive Director of a housing association.

She has a degree in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from Cambridge University, and an MBA from London Business School.

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Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.