Hugh Mason

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I co-founded JFDI.Asia, Asia's #1 business accelerator with Meng Wong. We take teams of entrepreneurs from idea to investment in 100 days. 60% raise an average $600,000 for their startup businesses.

My physics degree was sponsored by GEC-Marconi Research, where I worked on projects exploring digital radar, home automation and radio propagation.

After graduation I trained as a TV producer-director with the BBC's primetime science show, Tomorrow's World. I went on to found Narrateo, a TV production company that won a British Academy Award nomination and made over 150 documentaries for Discovery Channel, National Geographic. They were seen by tens of millions of people worldwide.

Building a business around creative people turned out to be more fun than hands-on creativity so, in 2001, I co-founded Pembridge Partners. We provided investment and advice to over 300 marketing, media and technology companies, raising over USD50m for them over the next decade.

I am an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and an advisory board member at the Institute for Infocomm Research. I wrote my first book, Brainfruit: Turning Creativity into Cash from East to West, with Mark Chong. It is published by McGraw Hill.

I co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme, a UK education charity, with Simon Singh MBE. I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company