Max Kelly


Max is currently Managing Director of Techstars London. Techstars is the world’s leading accelerator programme for early stage start ups. Prior to Techstars, Max spent 12 years at Virgin where he was responsible for the strategy of the group and for starting new companies:Virgin Insight – delivered big data consultancy to all the Virgin companiesVirgin Mobile USA – grew to revenues of $1bn within 18 monthsVirgin Mobile Canada – voted best Canadian network in its launch yearVirgin Healthbank – freezing stem cells cryogenicallyThese companies exited for more than $500M for Richard Branson. Alongside his Virgin commitments, Max also co-founded which was successfully sold in 2014. He started his career at L’Oreal running the UK’s largest haircare brand – the irony was lost on no one. He was a scholar at Oxford University, where he obtained a First Class Degree in Chemistry.