Nick Jenkins

After Reading Russian Literature at Birmingham University, Nick moved to Moscow where he spent eight years trading sugar for Glencore. In 1998 he returned to the UK to start his own business, studying for an MBA at Cranfield while he worked on a succession of business ideas. Immediately after graduating in 1999 he started Moonpig.com, the personalised greeting card retailer. It took five years and four rounds of fundraising to finally make a profit but by 2011 the business had over 5 million customers and had become a household name. In that year Nick sold the business to Photobox. Following the sale Nick has divided his time between the charity sector and investing in early stage businesses which led to him joining the panel of BBC2 Dragons’ Den in 2015.

After Reading Russian Literature at Birmingham University, Nick moved to Moscow where he spent eight years trading sugar for Glencore. In 1998 he returned to the UK to start his own business, studying for an MBA at Cranfield while he worked on a business plan for what was to become Moonpig.com, the personalised greeting card retailer.

Nick set up his own charitable foundation in 2010 and after selling Moonpig in 2011 he spent a year as the CEO of Ark, the educational charity, where he remained as trustee until 2016.

Nick is one of the founding trustees of Operation Fistula www.opfistula.org which focuses on improving the effectiveness of fistula treatment across Africa. From 2012-16 Nick was a member of the investment committee of Impact Ventures UK, A social impact investment fund.

The Nick Jenkins Foundation is a significant shareholder in Mwabu Education Group which aim to use to technology to improve primary education outcomes in Africa. Nick sits on the board of Mwabu and has also directly invested in a number of other educational technology start-ups.