Our Virgin StartUp mentors do amazing work helping our startups develop and grow. This month, Our Mentor of the Month is David Franks of Glacia, a food consultancy that often works with startups to help them scale up. Let's find out more!

Business name: Glacia Ltd / DF Food Consultancy

Based in: London

Website: www.glacia.net

Twitter: @davidfranks4

Mentees: Deepak Christopher of Chilli Tuk Tuk, Lucy Do of The Dodo Micropub

Mentor of the Month - David Franks

What’s your current business?

I run a food consultancy.

What’s your specialist area of business?

I work with startups that are scaling up and getting ready for market.

Sum up your attitude to business in one word


How do you make sure you achieve your daily goals?

I set mini goals along the way to help keep me focussed.

What tech can’t you live without?

My smartphone.

What book, magazine or blog would you recommend people read, and why?

'Screw it, lets do it' by Richard Branson.

Why do you love being a VSU mentor?

You meet exciting innovative entrepreneurs with flair and enthusiasm.

What’s the best startup advice you have received?

It is very lonely as a startup - so make sure you build an advisory board, preferably from the industry, to stop making costly mistakes. It's also important to listen to what the market place is saying.


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