DRIAD is an international innovation consultancy committed to equal opportunities and to deliver results. We are innovation enablers: we believe strong collaboration brings strong innovation.
DRIAD delivers long-term, strategic innovation support to technology start-ups and scale-ups. We strive to enable ambitious entrepreneurs to bring impactful ideas to life: we offer grant-writing services embedded in our comprehensive strategic and operational support to accompany you, your team and your business towards shaping your ideas into actionable projects and optimizing your resources.
DRIAD is built on collaboration, inclusivity and empowerment
➤ We pride ourselves on our expertise and commitment
➤ We rise to the challenge with a can-do attitude and through continuous learning
➤ We strive to have a social & environmental impact
The DRIAD Story
Foundation by Dr Vivien Badaut as a bid-writing
service for French start-ups
Expansion to encompass applications
to European grants
– Pivot towards British market
– Integration in NatWest Acceleration program
– Shortlisted in Digital Enterprise Top 100
– Launch of 360 Innovation Support
DRIAD was founded in 2014 in Leeds by Dr Vivien Badaut. A former academic researcher, Vivien started working in 2013 as a freelance technical expert for grant funding consultancies in Paris (France). Following a move to the UK, DRIAD was launched in June 2014 as a bid-writing service targetting mostly 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 strong technology expertise across the board.
In 2018, conversations with fellow founders brought us to identify an unmet need for support from British technology start-ups and SMEs. DRIAD then integrated the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator 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 delivers long-term, strategic innovation support to technology start-ups and scale-ups. We are innovation enablers: our grant-writing services are embedded in our comprehensive strategic and operational support to accompany you, your team and your business towards shaping your ideas into actionable projects and optimising your resources.
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. He is DRIAD’s Managing Director.
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 his move to Yorkshire in 2017, he joined DRIAD as Junior Innovation Consultant in 2018, and quickly developed his skills. He is now DRIAD’s Operations Director, specialised in Project Management.
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. She joined the team in August 2020.
Favourite innovation fields: Creative industry and gaming, Edtech, Healthtech.
Are you interested in innovation and growth sustaining? Would you like to join our team? We are always looking for new collaborators!
Profiles we are interested in:
- For junior consultant positions: BSc, BA or equivalent in science, with some writing experience, curiosity, grit, and a keen interest in innovation
- For consultant positions: PhD or MSc in natural sciences, with a demonstrable experience in technical writing of funding applications, ideally in innovation support services.