Rob Wilmot

DC Labs Entrepreneur in Residence

We are absolutely delighted that Rob Wilmot has joined us in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence.  Rob generously shares his unique and varied expertise with individual researchers, looking at capitalising on their specific projects and also the overarching strategy of DC Labs as a whole.  He is currently working on a book with DC Labs Director,  Professor Peter Cowling on the subject of AI and how it can make us happy.

In 1995 Rob won the IBM Leonardo da Vinci Award for Multimedia and he became one of the three founding executives of Freeserve, launched by the retailer Dixons in 1998. Freeserve became the UK's largest ISP in just three months. It floated after only nine months with a market cap of £1.6 billion entering the FTSE 100 and peaking at a market cap of £9 billion.

He was one of the youngest ever executive officers of a FTSE 100 company. Dixons sold Freeserve to France Telecom for £1.6 billion in 2001. 

He has since founded and invested in a number of businesses.

Rob's recent activities:

► Co-founder, Chairman & CEO Crowdicity: Idea Management Platform - www.crowdicity.com
► Chairman at bcsAgency: Marketing and Communications Agency.
► Co-founder, ArtLibrary.
► Non-Executive Director at Cabinet Office: Crown Commercial Service.
► Entrepreneur in Residence, University of York
► Crown Commercial Representative for Software: Cabinet Office (2-year tenure recently completed).