Our Purpose

To be the leading commercialisation partner for B2B scale-ups and established corporates, creating win-wins for both.

In 1958, the average life expectancy of a company was 61 years, today it’s just 18. Markets are being disrupted by technology at an ever-increasing pace.

Partnering is an effective tool to address the challenge, it’s a low-risk way to stay relevant, it can generate quick value and enables experimentation before committing material capital investment.

We empower corporates to harness breakthrough technology and drive tangible value through effective partnerships.

Our Values

Our people are...

Good humans

We only work with people and partners who are trustworthy, respectful, and kind. In short, we like good humans.

Thoughtful doers

We are agile, action orientated and know how to get stuff done, but do so with thought and care.

Commercially impactful

We are committed to driving commercial success. We strive to create value for our organisation and partners.


We bring energy and enthusiasm to everything we do. We support each other and our clients.


We empower our team to make decisions, deliver in their own unique style whilst granting them ownership in the business.

Having fun

We love what we do. We work hard but also believe in building a fun, inclusive work environment.

Leadership Team

Matt Bunn & John Downes


Form1 was founded by Matt Bunn and John Downes, who bring a wealth of experience partnering world-leading corporates with scale-up technology innovators with proven success. With extensive experience in negotiating and closing sales, they have collectively delivered over £2.8billion in enterprise business, as well as driven M&A, joint venture, and corporate finance activity in large corporations. Matt and John have also served as directors on the boards at a dozen tech scale-ups, have more than 15 successful fund raises and two exits under their belts. They have worked across a number of verticals in both the public and private sectors and have a strong network in innovation and venture capital.

Alice Bardrick

Director of Operations

Alice brings a wealth of operational expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit. Alice started her career in consulting, first at Accenture where she trained in sales strategy and transformation. Her passion for emerging tech then led her to a leading growth and innovation consultancy. Here, she specialised in driving growth for clients such as Barclays and Philips by designing, launching, and scaling new business ventures. Alice then moved to the charity sector, where she held a range of growth and innovation roles including working in Africa helping SME’s to drive revenue. Most recently Alice was Head of innovation at the British Red Cross where she spearheaded the development of new social enterprises.

Sophie Miller

Director of Growth & Innovation

Sophie is a born super connector. She thrives in fast-paced environments, identifying synergies and quickly connecting the dots. With over 10 years’ experience at Learning Technologies Group, one of the fastest growing Learning & Talent organisations, she has played a pivotal role in steering the company’s strategic leadership and driving substantial organisational growth. Consulting with some of the largest organisations in the world, she thrives in synthesising business ‘problems’ and identifying best-in-class emerging technologies and services, that can be integrated into existing ecosystems to solve critical business problems.


We leverage the skills, knowledge, and trusted relationships of industry leaders to help qualify emerging technologies and create growth opportunities for our partners.

Our approach is focussed, hands on and delivers material business outcomes

Unlocking Competitive Advantage