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Facilitating His Majesty’s first ever live internet broadcast

Danny led Wayra’s successful bid to host His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the startup academy as part of the #iwill Step up to Serve annual event.

#iwill itself is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. The campaign is backed by leaders from across UK society, led by HRH The Prince of Wales with renewed support from all of the main political parties.

As part of its commitment to creating positive social change and as a pledge to the Step up to Serve campaign, Wayra facilitated the event which involved The Prince of Wales, policymakers, business leaders and other high-value stakeholders.

Danny worked intimately with the press office at Clarence House to identify a number of exclusive media opportunities including articles within The Guardian and The Mail as well as a live feed of HRH’s keynote address which was the first time ever His Majesty had addressed an audience live via the World Wide Web.

Driving Pitch@Palace in its infancy

Danny was heavily involved in the inaugural Pitch@Palace event series which gives Entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality.

The initiative is supported by His Royal Highness The Duke of York and guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners.

As comms lead at Wayra, Danny helped facility the event and worked closely with the press team at St James’s Palace as well as Prince Andrew’s private secretary to engage the technology and enterprise press in order to raise awareness and engage the startup community as to the many opportunities available.

In addition to landing coverage in key tech outlets, Danny successfully arranged an exclusive interview between HRH and Swipe, Sky's anchor technology show.

The success of P@P 1.0 and 2.0 built the foundations for what is now a global initiative supporting start-ups across the Commonwealth and further afield.

Policy School - UK Cabinet Office

The Policy School, delivered in collaboration between the Cabinet Office and Wayra, was a ground-breaking initiative set up to build the professionalism and innovative capability of the Civil Service.

Civil servants from the Cabinet Office and the Treasury came together with public servants from Haringey Council and social entrepreneurs from Wayra UK, to find out how they could develop and iterate policy ideas to solve issues at a fraction of the cost of many traditional policy-making courses.

The aim was to learn from leading policy officials, expand the range of tools available to them as policymakers – from behavioral insight to design thinking – and apply those tools to a live policy problem.

Participants were mentored by social entrepreneurs on how to successfully develop policy and deliver public services, at cost, to local constituents. The success of the programme prompted Haringey Council and O2 to fund a digital platform to help young people’s job prospects across Haringey. The programme is also a great example of how the corporate accelerator model can be used to disrupt policy making and find innovative solutions to social problems.

Danny led the partnership from Wayra’s side, helped coordinate the programme and provided guidance on what elements of our startup programme should be implemented. He also worked closely with members of the Civil Service to produce insights into how the startup ecosystem could help deliver effective policy and evoke entrepreneurship within government departments.