DRIAD was founded in 2013 in Leeds by Vivien Badaut. A former academic researcher, Vivien started working in 2013 in Paris, France as a freelance technical expert for grant funding consultancies.
Following a move to the UK, DRIAD was started as a bid-writing service for French start-ups. The DRIAD team would create impactful applications for different French grants and loans. DRIAD’s services quickly expanded to encompass applications for European grants. This initial work supporting over a hundred of the most prominent French start-ups allowed us to build a comprehensive understanding of how VC-backed start-ups work, and gain technology expertise across the board.
In 2018, conversations with fellow founders brought us to identify an unmet need for support for British technology start-ups and SMEs. DRIAD then integrated the NatWest Acceleration program to structure this new offer of service, which was recognised when the company was shortlisted in 2019’s Digital Enterprise Top 100.
DRIAD now offers 360° innovation support to technology start-ups and scale-ups. We still offer a grant-writing service, but more than that we are innovation enablers: offering comprehensive strategic and operational support to accompany you, your team and your business towards shaping your ideas into actionable projects and optimising your resources.
The DRIAD team
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Managing Director & Founder
Born and raised in Paris, Vivien is a science and technology all-rounder. A trained chemist, he graduated from Université Paris XI (France) with an MSc (2006) and a PhD in Nuclear Chemistry in 2010. He worked as a researcher in advanced computational modelling in Japan until 2012, when he moved back to Paris and started working with start-ups.
Favourite innovation fields: Advanced materials, Cleantech, Data Science & A.I.
Thierry is the most experienced of the team. After spending his youth in the Lyon region, he moved to the North of the country, where he taught English for 17 years.
After moving to Yorkshire in 2017, he became a Junior Innovation Consultant for DRIAD in 2018. He is now specialised in Operations and Project Management within the team.
Favourite innovation fields: Edtech, Fintech and Insurtech.
Born in Switzerland, Lavinia studied Education Sciences (education analytics) and speaks English, French and German – including Swiss-German. She experienced various education environments (research, politics, administration, and teaching), freelanced in translation and music, and has a passion for gaming.
Favourite innovation fields: Creative industry and gaming, Edtech, Healthtech.
Coralie is a Bristol-based French expatriate with Indian and Madagascan roots, she is passionate about growing businesses through corporate networking and has an English literature education background.
She holds a breadth of experience across a range of corporate environments and industries, from start-ups to large-scale organizations.
Favourite innovation fields: Greentech, Innovative plastics.