The Team

Who better to understand the needs of a StartUp business than a StartUp business! 


Alex Chisnall - Director and Founder of StartUp U

I am an entrepreneur who helps other entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers make a full time living turning their passion into profit and doing what they love.

I started out working for Virgin Atlantic Airways then transitioned into the business world after being inspired by my boss, Sir Richard Branson, to start my own business.

After launching two of my own startups, one online and one bricks and mortar, I revisited to the Virgin family by mentoring for both Virgin StartUp as well as YMCA. I now advise entrepreneurs and small business owners on funding and scaling their businesses.

I am also host of the show "Screw it, Just do it", a weekly podcast where I interview one of the world's influnecers and leaders in business as well as an entrepreneur who is aspiring to be a leader in their space.

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James has been a full time podcast producer for the past 7 years. Graduating from Coventry University with a degree in Music Composition & Audio Production, James was awarded the Robert Ramskill award for outstanding contribution to Music.

From there, he did a brief stint working at the BBC Proms before diving into the world of freelance work and has been producing podcasts ever since.

James also volunteers for the local Coastguard at Bexhill-on-sea and is a complete lover of dogs!


Robin Osolinski - Graphic and Web Designer

During and after his studies in Digital Media Design at Bournemouth University, Robin has worked with B2B businesses as a commercial graphic designer, specialising in digital and print media. With his BA (Hons) degree from 2017, market insight, years of design experience and knowledge, he focuses on creating visually effective and striking websites and images.

Robin joined StartUp U in 2018. Since then, he has been in charge of designing its official event posters and pages. With a solid design foundation and a portfolio of creative projects to date, Robin is constantly enhancing his skills in the visual media sector.