It's been a 5 year journey, and we're not finished yet!

In 2016 while running LocalGiving, Marcelle Speller, Brevio's founder, co-funded the Smarter Grants Initiative which surveyed 500 UK charities and discovered:
- 99% wanted changes to the grant making process
- 94% wanted a central database of funders
- 65% wanted standardised application forms 
And so Brevio was born.
Here’s what we have achieved so far – and what is still to come
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Quantifying and prototyping

Research with the University of Bath established that charities spend £1.1bn per year writing grant applications - and 66% fail. We iterated application prototypes using feedback from charities and grant-makers large and small.

Launch of standardised application

When the Covid crisis hit, we brought forward the launch of Brevio, offering it free of charge to charities and matching them with grant-makers on the platform. By year end, over 1,500 charities and non-profits had signed up.

3,000 grants listed

The number of grants listed on the platform continue to grow, with 3,000 by July representing £3bn in grants. Charities are detailing their immediate, often existential needs, which grant-makers can explore, enabling real-time data backed grant-making.

A team of game changing innovators

Brevio’s team brings skills and experience from government, academia, the third and private sectors - united with a passion to bring positive change to UK grant-making. Our target is for 75% of the UK’s £6bn in grants to be listed on Brevio and matched to UK charities and non-profits. At this scale, Brevio’s tools and processes will significantly simplify and streamline grant research, matching, application and due diligence for the benefit of the whole sector, and all its beneficiaries..

Marcelle Speller OBE

Founder & Chair
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Philanthropist with a serial track record of delivering innovative disruptions across industries. Built and sold the first and largest holiday rental website in Europe. Identified a need for charities to diversify income and built Localgiving which has raised over £30m for local charities. She has now founded Brevio, to fundamentally improve the process of grantmaking in the UK.

Billy Wright

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Highly experienced senior executive with extensive strategy, change management, digital product development, technology and operations experience leading enterprise-scale businesses and digital transformation initiatives for global blue-chip organisations across the Financial Services, Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries.

William Priest

Board member | Government & Business
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Commercial Advisor to the Cabinet Office & Independent board member at DCMS. Leads global teams to achieve growth, performance improvement and digital transformation. Entrepreneur and non executive director, personally involved with a number of leading edge technology start ups.

Alistair Brandon Jones

Board member | Operations
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Multi-prize winning Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, who co-authored world’s leading textbooks on the subject worldwide. Published researcher in world elite journals for the private, public & third sector. Consultant to global organizations including Schroders, RBS, Baker Tilly.

Dimo Dimov

Board member | Entrepreneurship & Innovation
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Highly accomplished entrepreneurship & innovation scholar, teacher, and consultant. Ranked among top 100 entrepreneurship professors in the world by Hot Topic. Specialist consultant on innovation, performance and finance to many global international companies.

Julian Padget

Board member | Artificial intelligence
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Elite researcher and academic Reader of Artificial Intelligence. Advisor to ETIQ, working closer towards trusted AI developments. Consultant and invited researcher to multiple world renowned institutions for research into socio-technical systems, legal reasoning, policy and privacy modelling.

Vicky Gregory-Thorpe

Head of Product
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Experienced digital product manager with a background in delivering bespoke, complex systems across a range of industries. Specialising in bringing new products to market and leading digital transformation programmes.

Chloe Davis-Powell

Head of Business Development & Growth
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Tech startup consultant with international experience in the world of enterprise strategy, marketing communications and sales. Passionate about growing innovative services that bring a positive change into the world.

Ed Gwynne Harris

Account Management Lead
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Customer Success professional with experience within a range of industries. Previously part of a Customer Success team in a rapidly growing SaaS start up. Passionate about implementing change in the platform based on customer feedback.

Tom Gardner

Lead Full Stack Developer
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Experienced full stack developer delivering Ruby on Rails solutions. With a wide range of knowledge working with Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Services (GCS), PostGIS, ArcGIS and AD integration.

Christina Collis

Design and Marketing Intern
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Illustration student at NCAD Dublin currently doing a placement at Brevio. Working across the business to generate design requirements and building assets that can be leveraged by the marketing, sales and platform development teams.

Anastasia Nikolic

Marketing Campaign Manager
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Experienced marketing professional, developing creative and engaging marketing campaigns that evoke emotion and curiosity, with an intent of creating brand awareness, acquiring customers or creating leads. Currently managing Brevio's campaigns with an aim to change, educate and digitalise third sector, allowing non-profits to save money on admin fees that can be redirected to causes they support instead.