Life at the Development Bank of Wales: Zoë Reich


It’s not yet six months since I joined the Development Bank of Wales but I can safely say that my time so far has been the highlight of my career to date.

My early career was spent with KPMG, in financial management before I moved to Oxford University Innovation where I worked on the commercialisation of research.  My focus was on investing in new, intellectually property rich technologies that could benefit from proof of concept funds.

Today, there is a strong synergy between my role at Oxford University and working at the new development bank. That’s because our job is to identify promising businesses in the technology sector that need funding to help them grow.

What’s particularly pleasing about the work of the Development Bank of Wales is the role that we have working alongside other funders and business support organisations; the amount of incubators, accelerator programmes and mentoring advice available to Welsh entrepreneurs is fantastic.

There is so much support, so much opportunity and a real can-do attitude here in Wales. The approach is one of collaboration and exceptional quality, which is hugely rewarding when working as part of an established support system.

Working across Wales, I’m part of a team that shares huge ambition to make a difference. We can take calculated risks, we can back the entrepreneurs that we believe in and we provide funding where and when it is needed most. I also get to live in a beautiful part of the world that is rapidly becoming known as a hub for high-tech ventures.


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