Our vision

We’re helping
create
a financially empowered Gen Z

Who we are

MyPocketSkill began with a question. How do we connect young people with opportunities beyond typical employment routes? How do we empower young people to exercise the full range of their skills and grow their financial capability in the process?

We connect talented young people between the ages of 13-22 with households and businesses who need their help. We enable them to share their skills and earn money through tutoring, music coaching, photography, social media management and more.

Our founders are sector specialists. They provide expert advice to influential organisations which set youth policy to improve financial capability. Our mission is to help create a financially responsible Gen Z, increasingly prepared for the uncertain world ahead of them.

Our approach

Earn – we connect young people with opportunities to earn money.

Save – we help young people to set savings goals and build up their earnings on MyPocketSkill.

Learn – we use behavioural science based “nudges” to help to build financial capability.

Awards

We're pleased to have been recognised as an innovative global business

Innovate UK

Finalist in Great British Entrepeneur Awards

Innovate UK

Atmos Deutsche Bank and Google Logo

Winner of Global Fintech Competition

Atos, Deutsche Bank & Google

UK Government’s Money & Pension Service

Digital Innovation Pilot

UK Government’s Money & Pension Service

SVC2UK

Beyond HERizons Programme

SVC2UK

SVC2UK

Hottest Edtech Startup

EUROPAS

Fintech 4.0

Programme Participant

Fintech 4.0 for Leading UK FinTechs

Fintech 4.0

Growth Funding Recipient

Coast to Capital

Meet the team

Our people

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Matthew Harker

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Matthew is a dad to two teenage daughters and a specialist in both digital products and youth policy. He lives in Brighton, where he can be spotted cycling and running.

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Zara Ransley

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Zara moved to the UK from Azerbaijan as a teenager. Her career spans 15 years experience in the city as a top rated investment analyst, covering areas such as technology, real estate and impact investing. Zara holds an MBA from London Business School. In her spare time she gets involved in everything youth entrepreneurship related as well park running and reading voraciously. She lives in St. Albans with her two teenage children - Harry & Nadya and her dog Didier Dogba.

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Chris Barry

Lead Developer

Chris is a full stack web, iOS & Android Developer / systems architect. His former clients include Google & Expedia. He is a specialist in digital platform development and is into interactive digital art.

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Clova Bullen

Community Manager

Clova is a friendly, frenetic super-mum who manages the onboarding and communications across the MyPocketSkill platform. In her previous life she has significant experience in operations and events management.

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Nigel Jacobs

Business Analyst

Nigel is an MBA candidate at London Business School. He has previous finance experience in asset management and equity research. Outside of work, he enjoys a game of cricket and volunteers for charity.

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Kit Bhatti

Employer Engagement Lead

Kit is a friendly mum of two nearly teens who loves to travel and is an avid photographer. She helps connect employers to colleges and digital and technology students, as well as helping with managing the MyPocketSkill community. In a previous life, she used to be a Buyer for Woolworths!

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Jaimie Mara

Community Engagement Support

Jaimie is a film school graduate who supports social media and helps the community and communications throughout MyPocketSkill.

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Indi Sofyar

UX/UI Designer/Developer

Indi is a passionate designer/developer with an interest in employing human-centred design principles in a practical and agile manner. He has previously worked as a graphic designer and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design from the University of New South Wales.

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Pati Piotrowska

Impact and Youth Policy Analyst

Pati is passionate about policy, research and working with young people. She holds an MSc in Gender, Peace and Security from the London School of Economics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and furthering her knowledge of political and feminist theory.

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Ryan Morris

Designer

Ryan specialises in Digital content creation for marketing/promotional purposes, as well as user interface design.

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MyPocketSkill Advisors

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Neeta Patel CBE

Chair of Advisory Board

Neeta has board-level experience as a Non-Executive Director at the FTSE-listed Investment Trust Albion Venture Capital, is a board member at City ventures and board adviser at Tech London Advocates.

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Andrew Evans

Advisor

Andrew is a co-founder and CEO of pension auto enrolment company, Smart Pension.

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Chieu Cao

Advisor

Chieu was a co-founder and CMO of Global Employee benefits and rewards platform, Perkbox. He is currently a CEO of financial wellness platform Mintago.

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Novo Constare

Advisor

Novo is co-founder and CEO of a flexible task platform Syft (now Indeed Flex).

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Office Pets

Kit's dog

Rufus

Kit's Dog

Dog named leyla

Leyla

Pati's Dog

Dog named Didier

Didier Dogba

Zara's Dog

Cats named Luna and Mog

Luna and Mog

Matt's Cats