Open Up Challenge:
The Team

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Chris Gorst

Chris heads up the Open Up Challenge. He was a Senior Economist at HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Energy Review, worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He designed and delivered a groundbreaking accelerator programme for 10,000 UK small business leaders at Goldman Sachs.

Andrea Richardson

Andrea is the assistant programme manager coordinating the implementation of the Open Up Challenge. Prior to joining Nesta, Andrea specialised in not-for-profit audit and earned her chartered professional accounting (CPA) designation at KPMG Toronto. Andrea has a BComm from Queen’s University (Canada) and an MSc International Management from the London School of Economics.

Harry Atkinson

Harry is digital content and entrant manager co-ordinating outreach efforts to innovators.Prior to joining Nesta, he managed online and offline content for a financial services think tank.

Pete Finlay

Pete is the Open Up Challenge's Consultant Entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout, the best and biggest startup recruitment event in the world. He is also a co-founder of, backed by Y Combinator, Index and Sequoia.