Ian Mason is the Head of Development for Virgin Start Up, the Sir Richard Branson’s not for profit organisation for entrepreneurs. Launched in 2013, the Start Up program was created to not only promote entrepreneurship in the UK but to provide support, advice and investment to early stage businesses.
The only way to truly get to know a place, to truly understand what is happening on the ground, is to immerse one’s self in every facet of it. I only had a week, and so, from the minute I flicked my phone off flight mode, I was eager to get going. I messaged my friend, who had offered to pick me up from the airport, to arrange our meeting place. I’d ...