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About us

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Founded during the covid-19 pandemic to support struggling individuals and families, Lightning Reach aims to empower anyone to access support to build lasting financial resilience and wellbeing.

Over 17m people are financially vulnerable in the UK and more impacted by the cost of living of crisis, yet more than £19bn in benefits, social tariffs, grants and other support gets missed out by each year due to lack of awareness and complex application processes.

As a social impact startup, we use innovative technology to change the system, simplifying access to grants and vital support for those in need.

Our team

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Ren Yi Hooi

CEO & Founder

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Ignas Velza

CTO

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Rhiannon Sheridan

Operations Lead

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Robby Ogilvie

UX/UI Designer

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Liam Watson

Full Stack Developer

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Dave Farquharson

Partnerships Lead

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Gareth Oakley

Chair

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Mary McKenna

Director

Funders

We are honoured to be funded and supported by a combination of social change foundations with deep experience in the poverty space along with renowned investors backing diverse-led social purpose organisations.

Read our latest funding press release.

Fintech for good platform Lightning Reach raises £1m to expand access to financial support amidst cost-of-living crisis:

Awards

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Rising Stars 4.0 Diversity & Inclusion - Leading the Way Award ('22)

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Award Winner: Income & Work category ('21)

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Global Goals Impact: Start-up Award Winner ('21)

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Finalist: Digital Leaders Impact Awards and DL100 Awards ('22)

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Finalist: She Loves Tech UK('21)

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