While we have ambitious aims for our Foundation, we couldn't achieve any of the things we're able to without the generosity of our supporters. Continue reading to find out who is helping shape the future of the Foundation. 

Dean Benson

Dean Benson


The Foundation's very first supporter, Dean founded Visualsoft in 1998 and has since grown it into the largest ecommerce platform in the UK. Through the Foundation, Dean hopes to support emerging tech businesses to achieve their growth ambitions.

He said, “The North East is home to some of the best creative digital talent in the country and the future is bright with more tech start-ups on the horizon.

“In my experience, having a great business idea is just the first step. To build a successful company you need the right ecosystem of support, advice and investment.

“The Forum’s Foundation is a perfect blend of this and will allow the next generation of tech entrepreneurs the opportunity bring their ideas to fruition and build successful businesses.

“I’m excited to be able to directly support these entrepreneurs on their business journey and in seeing the wider impact the Foundation will have on entrepreneurship within the North East.”

Passionate about ensuring everyone has access to technology and digital infrastructure, Dean has also supported initiatives to tackle digital poverty in the North East.

He is also an Entrepreneurs’ Forum board member, a Governor at Teesside University, and the non-executive chair of Northern Stable which supports growing SaaS businesses to help unlock their growth.

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We're always interested in talking to anyone who would like to become a supporter of the Foundation. Donations can be made to support one or many emerging entrepreneurs and can be tailored to fit your individual objectives or goals. Contact Elaine Stroud via email or phone 0191 500 7780 to find out more.

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