Stafford IT guru recognised in top entrepreneur list

An entrepreneur has been recognised in a worldwide competition for his innovative website.

Stafford IT guru recognised in top entrepreneur list

Paul Branson, who has come in the top 50 entrepreneurs

Paul Branson, from Staffordshire, has spent years developing the concept to allow businesses to post videos.

It is similar to Youtube and he entered the Startup Open competition which is open to more than 100 countries across the globe.

Judges included Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Richard Branson with the aim of spotting a high growth innovation with potential.

The site,, was recognised in the top 50 from around the world and the plan is now to develop the the model further. Mr Branson, aged 50, of Midland Road, Huntington, has a degree in business and has a corporate background having previously worked at the likes of Peugeot.

A trial involving up to seven businesses was carried out and he is now looking to secure further funding to progress the project.

It is hoped TV channels could use the website along with budding artists or professional people. He added it could operate like a combination of Youtube, Amazon and Yellow Pages.

The father of one said: “To be recognised in the top 50 in the world for innovation and technology is absolutely incredible.

“I am absolutely over the moon. It is like the Grammys of the world of innovation and technology. It is not just about advertising business, it is about showcasing people, the talents of people.

“It is a long road and the technology is changing every moment. I have always been trying to look for problems and find solutions to progress.”

The competition was part of Global Entrepreneur Week.

Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week, said: “The next generation of entrepreneurs looks increasingly diverse as startup ecosystems around the world strengthen and mature.”

The top 50 will now compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week which takes place from November 18.

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