UP has been created by a team of highly experienced entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and marketers. We have years of experience in starting, growing and exiting businesses.

UP is a collaborator, investor and partner for those seeking innovation and growth in the digital technology space. We bring experience, knowledge, expertise, contacts and a track record of commercial success within corporates and in delivering high growth  for young companies in Scotland, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, Yorkshire and London.

This track record has resulted in deep relationships in the worlds of techmedia (including adtech), fintech and digital health which means our networks are international and we can call upon a huge group of industry leading entrepreneurs, advisors and mentors.

Paul Gillooly
Paul Gillooly
Paul is an experienced TV professional who has specialized in the area of digital and new media and co-founder of UP. He started his career at BT where he became the company’s first Head of Consumer Content before joining BBC Worldwide as Director of Marketing and Business Development, Music and Entertainment where he managed a number of leading international entertainment properties and franchises.
He then joined Sky as Commercial Development Director, Emerging Products, where he helped develop and launch NOW TV as well as initiating the company’s corporate venture activities.
Paul then joined Ooredoo Group to develop their OTT TV product strategy working in Qatar, Oman and Indonesia. In August 2014 he joined MTG working in Pay TV across the Nordic region where he has responsibility for strategy for OTT TV products.
Danny Meaney
Danny Meaney
Danny is the founder and CEO of UP Ventures as well as Founder and Chairman of a number of software and technology companies.

Danny has an extensive, high value international network and a long track record of helping digital businesses across software and technology in media, finance, health and telecoms to create shareholder value.

He has ran corporate and government-backed high growth company programmes in Scotland, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and London in the UK as well as across Europe, USA, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia and retains strong connections across the high growth ecosystem.

Because of that experience Danny has become expert in accelerating the growth of venture-backed start-ups or new ventures within “market-making” corporations.

Nicola Cole
Nicola Cole
Nicola shows a relentless eye for detail and has installed systems, policies and procedures within UP, New Media Partners and for some of their leading clients. Nicola undertook an MBA for Entrepreneurial Managers on her way to becoming the Operations Director for the business. She has managed the delivery of many of our high growth company schemes and manages to communicate clearly and concisely with our international client base.

She provides clarity and objectivity in her dealings with partners, investors and entrepreneurs. Nicola is a real completer/finisher and is the glue that holds the UP team together!

Andy Doyle
Andy Doyle
Andy has over a decade of digital media experience working for most major broadcasters and digital agencies. He is a dedicated and driven professional with extensive experience gained within senior digital media positions, including CTO, Technical Director, Head of Development and Product Manager.

Andy has previously been CTO at major digital brands such as Reelkandi, Demon Sport, Two Way TV, Buto.tv and is a Digital Expert on the Heritage Lottery Fund awards panel.

He has that rarest of gifts – being able to communicate technical issues in plain English!

Tilesh Patel
Tilesh Patel
Tilesh is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Over the last 30 years, he has worked in various senior roles for high profile organisations, most recently as Finance Director for Virgin with responsibilities over Group Finance and the Bransons’ investments in the Virgin Group and other private initiatives.

Tilesh has also set-up his own firm focusing on services to entrepreneurs/investors, from initial concept through to launch and financing for growth.

Jon Corner
Jon Corner
A driven and successful media business professional, Jon Corner is an entrepreneur and first class communicator, with knowledge and skills spanning both the digital creative industries and the education sector. Jon is CEO at The Landing MediaCityUK heading up a groundbreaking technology project and business innovation centre. He has successfully positioned The Landing as the driver of digital collaboration at MediaCityUK, engaging a wide range of commercial stakeholders and clients including designers of interactive media, engineers, software specialists and tech developers, while at the same time ensuring that The Landing complements and enhances the activities of other Greater Manchester and UK clusters.
Doug Morwood
Doug Morwood
Doug is passionate about relevant value creation on an individual, organisational and ecosystem level. Everything he does is about learning, applying design and systems thinking to unlocking latent potential and creating new value. Bothered by grand challenges, Doug utilises his extensive network to collaboratively explore ways to solve big problems. Scouting, connecting and mobilising multiple stakeholders in a lean, fail fast way, Doug has developed effective approaches to empathetically understand unmet needs and develop relevant value propositions on behalf of his clients. Market-making in the true sense, designing validated business models for a new world, now.
An investor, entrepreneur and advisor to some big levers for change, Doug brings his uncompromising way of thinking and doing to design new economic models for growth principally, but not limited to, areas like health, education, social justice, technology and the circular economy.
Doug is also the UK Partner of Business Models Inc, a strategy and innovation firm who helped bring the business model canvas to the world. Their own book “Design a Better Business” was published in September 2016 (www.designabetterbusiness.com) and brings new tools, skills and mindset for strategy and innovation.
Doug is a founding partner of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, is a school governor and sits on various boards.