Colin Tan
Programme Director, FORGE
Head Operations, TusPark Newcastle

Investor and programme director at Dotforge, founder of Rentlord (Seedcamp and 500 Startups). Now also leading operations for TusPark.


Alex Saidani
Venture Partner (US)

Experienced entrepreneur at YCombinator, 500 Startups. Based in NYC and Silicon Valley.


Sarah Lau
Legal and Reporting Manager

Sarah provides legal counsel to the FORGE's executives, as well as to its Startups, especially around working with Chinese investors.


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Professor Yu Xiong
Principle Academic Investigator

The Chair of Technology and Operations Management in Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University, co-Director of North East Innovation Observatory (Led by North East Local Economic Partnership), Director of Enterprise Engagement etc.

Josh Liu
Director of Operations, Koobe

Josh represents Koobe, the European Affiliate for Foxconn, and is an experienced hardware investor and mentor. Founder of Honor Cycles.


Helena Habdija
Portfolio Support

Helena's role is to communicate with FORGE's startups, and connect them to TUS's resources to grow their business.


Marketing Intern

FORGE is looking for an exceptional intern to oversee its social media and blog posts, while helping with event running.

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Tom Young
Associate, FORGE

Previously co-founded and raised funding for two startups. Can advise also on paid customer acquisition and channel marketing.


Programme Assistant

We're currently looking for a candidate (part-time) to assist the Programme Director in running the UK programme.


Kristoffer Lawson
Entrepreneur in Residence (Finland)

Kristoffer was founder of the revolutionary hardware device Solu, and one of the earliest Fintech startups, Holvi.