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Building deep tech disruptors and innovators – from semiconductors to rocket ships

From the lab to commercial scale-up, we help build the executive teams and Boards of some of the most exciting deep tech companies

An exciting industry with a unique set of challenges

Deep Tech firms are in an exciting place, developing pioneering technology, disrupting industries, and often experiencing rapid growth. Yet moving from a seed-funded start-up to a maturing business seeking sustainable long-term growth puts intense pressure on your leadership team. You have to satisfy investors, grow your customer base and continue to innovate.

We have over 20 years’ experience of supporting companies from inception, spinning out from Research Institutions and Universities, through their journey to commercial scale-up. We work with organisations to build the blend of skills and experience across their Board and Executive team to maximise their success as they make this transition.

Recent placements

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer, Chief People Officer, Vice President Sales, Vice President Analytics, Vice President Software, Vice President Marketing

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer, Head of Marketing, Head of Materials & Structures

Chief Executive Officer

A talent partner with specialist Deep Tech knowledge

From talent mapping and benchmarking to executive search and long-term support, we have the experience, the passion, and the talent network you need to build your executive team. Our consultants are based in Shanghai, Singapore, London, and Los Angeles. Not only does this give us access to a truly global talent pool; it also means we can help you enter new geographies as part of your growth strategy.

Our client list includes start-ups and scale-ups in the fields of robotics, autonomy, upstream and downstream space tech, EV batteries and battery chemistry, photonics, semiconductors, nanomaterials, sensor tech, energy and industrial IT.

Current opportunities:
VP, Product
CEO – Global Nanocoatings Scale-Up
Chief Technology officer
VP Corporate Marketing

Diversity & Inclusion: finding the best candidate for the role

At Sheffield Haworth, every talent engagement includes a focus on diversity and inclusion. You need the best person for the role, and our approach helps to mitigate selection bias and emphasises the value of diversity of thought. When you need the best talent, we help you find it – whatever their background.

Insights from industry leaders across the Scottish Space Tech sector

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Stuart Mills, co-founder and CEO of STAR-Dundee
Peter Young CEO of GSI and co-founder of the Scottish Space Leadership Council

Our specialists

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Paul Gillespie

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Yen Pin Ng

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The benefits of starting a space tech start-up in Scotland

In this article we sat down with Corentin to discuss the benefits of founding his startup in Scotland, the key milestones in Bird.i’s development, and what the future holds both for his company and the vibrant Scottish space tech sector

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