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Commonplace (1st round)

Crowd-sourced insight tool helping property developers reduce their planning risks and understand resident needs, and communities to improve their living spaces

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location London, GB-ENG, United Kingdom
  • Currency GBP
  • Founded June 2013
  • Employees 4
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Company Summary

Commonplace’s goal is to be the default platform for conversations about all aspects of local development and community regeneration. The platform disrupts inefficient planning to create better buildings and living spaces by encouraging aspirational collaboration between community stakeholders, property developers and businesses.
Since its inception, the business has already secured £30k revenue and a pipeline of ~£100k for 2014.


  • Mike has led development of digital products for over 15 years. He sold his first start-up to Eleco plc in 2000, and has since had senior roles at Channel 4, DCMS, ActionAid, Kew Gardens and Artfinder. Mike co-founded Commonplace to realise a belief that technology can play a greater role in empowering citizens. His TEDx talk at Parliament set out this vision, and Commonplace tackles the challenge of engagement in local planning.

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    Director of Business Development

    David Janner-Klausner has worked in senior executive roles in local government, environmental and educational organisations. He established the Centre for Local Sustainability at the leading think-tank, LGIU. Previously he was Programme and Planning Director at the charity UJIA responsible for capital and education programme delivery of over £10m per annum. He holds a PhD in Geography and Economics and MSc in Architecture and Sustainability.

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    Andy Pols has over 25 years of experience at the forefront of technology. He is a recognised expert in agile software development, as well as software process improvement. He created the first web-based continuous deployment tool, which he sold to Atlassian in 2006. Andy has been building software and running teams in diverse domains from finance, pharmaceuticals, engineering and telecoms. He’s a regular presenter at conferences.


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    Laurence Relton, Keystone
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