ABOUT US

HELPING OUR CLIENTS ACHIEVE SUCCESS

We help entrepreneurs reach their potential and become leaders of profitable, resilient organisations. We support the growth of the technology ecosystem in the UK and beyond.

OUR VISION

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATING BETTER BUSINESSES

We aim to be a multiplier of innovation, growth and opportunity for the ecosystem, with benefits for all participants. 

 

“The journey from startup to success will be challenging
and at times stressful, but above all else, it is to be enjoyed...

OUR METHOD

HELPING COMPANIES TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL

We believe that the success or failure of startups is not a function of luck but can be attributed to observable patterns of behaviour.  We apply a multi-disciplinary approach including management science, organisational development, psychology and coaching to our clients’ challenges.  We aim to provide bespoke frameworks and tools for our clients so they can engage in better decision-making and problem-solving.  Fractional executives are part of our offering. Startups can access outside help and a combination of packages for specific projects and ongoing advice. Our practice areas include strategy, finance, product management, sales, marketing/brand, GRC (governance, risk and compliance) and people/culture.

“We believe that equal treatment and opportunities

are good for business and society as a whole.”

THE TEAM

THE PEOPLE DEDICATED TO BUILDING YOUR SUCCESS

We are a team of three co-founders with different backgrounds and complementary skill sets.  We have worked with big companies, to help them become more innovative and less bureaucratic, and small companies, to help them become better organised and managed without losing the spirit of innovation that propelled them to success. Our areas of expertise include banking, payments, FinTech, RegTech, DataTech, Software as a Service, Construction, Property, Education & Training, IoT, SafetyTech and Telecommunications.

ROB DARWIN

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Rob is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded a business, taken it to profit and cash positive, registered a telco, introduced number of first mover innovations, built a dealer network and taken the company to exit.

His background is in engineering, computing and management science. He has worked in telecommunications, computer science, AI, and other sectors. He is an angel investor.


His areas of expertise cover strategy, investor pitches, fundraising, product management, market research, product development, MVP validation, product differentiation and scaling, sales enablement, agile teams, remote working, board governance, executive skill assessment and recruitment. Rob was educated at Cambridge and INSEAD.

KATE MAKUEN

CMO & CO-FOUNDER

Kate is a marketing leader with experience in asset and wealth management, investment banking, payments, custody, FinTechs and RegTechs. Her areas of expertise include brand, strategy, innovation, sales enablement and go-to-market product launches. She has managed projects related to audit coordination and oversight, compliance and regulatory management.


Kate is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), a coach trained in Systemic Team Coaching and a qualified Independent Non Executive Director. She is an advisory board member of RegTech Women and board trustee of the Wentworth Africa Foundation. Kate was educated at Cornell, Yale and Oxford.

MIKE MILLAR

CFO & CO-FOUNDER

Mike is an experienced CFO and COO, with 20 years of C-Level experience with start ups helping founders and entrepreneurs get their companies up and running in the UK and US.  He runs a company called Start Up Janitor.

 
Mike serves as a fractional CFO, currently with Resilience Partners Limited. He is an experienced MVNO/VAS consultant with an in depth knowledge of connectivity and telecom wholesale issues. He has a background in commercial negotiation, strategic planning and business development, operating under the name Millennial Mobility. Mike was educated at Cambridge.

NEWS & UPDATES

THE LATEST NEWS FROM S2X

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