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New CEO and ownership for Springwise – 6th January 2015

Start-up and innovation ideas business Springwise today announced that founder Reinier Evers has sold the majority shareholding to retail and marketing entrepreneur James Bidwell.

Bidwell becomes Chairman and CEO of Springwise with current MD Chris Kreinczes taking up the position of Editor and Creative Director. Former Arcadia Brand Finance Director, Camilla Wilks joins as CFO.

“Springwise is a fantastic brand and media property. Established over 12 years ago, we have a rich and fertile body of insight and data, as well as being truly global with reach across over 170 countries. Interest in start-up businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them has never been greater. Springwise is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this growing movement as we develop our own business concept and build our global profile” commented James Bidwell.

“I am delighted to hand over the reins of Springwise to James who will bring his energy, ambition and connections to a business which has so much opportunity in the era of the ‘new entrepreneur’. I am pleased to retain a shareholding and look forward to supporting James and the team at the same time as continuing to grow and my other business interests” commented Evers.

About Springwise: Established in 2002, Springwise scans the globe for the most promising, unique and innovative business ventures, ideas and concepts. These are sourced via the Springwise proprietary network of over 18,000 Springspotters who are located in all corners of the globe. Springwise publishes daily and weekly newsletters and also manages Springwise Access, a bespoke, subscription based, ideas database.

About James Bidwell: James is a high growth and business transformation CEO with over 20 years experience across the retail, tourism, leisure and marketing industries. He is an international brand and business builder, known for his leadership, strategic and business transformation skills. Previous roles include Marketing Director, Selfridges; CEO Visit London; Managing Director Anthropologie, Europe, CEO Cass Art and CEO

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1. About the company

Springwise, an independent new business ideas/innovation firm, scans the globe for the most promising new business ideas. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in London.

2. Our spotters network

Springspotters, Springwise’s global network of idea spotters, has 18,000 members in 150+ countries worldwide. They’re our main source when it comes to finding smart new business ideas.

3. Services

New business ideas website and weekly newsletter: more than 160,000 business professionals and entrepreneurs in over 150 countries subscribe to Springwise’s free weekly newsletter, making it the number one publication of its kind in the world.

4. Contact details

For all editorial questions or comments, please contact Springwise’s Editor, Chris Kreinczes, at
For all commercial enquires, please contact James Bidwell, CEO, at

19-20 Great Sutton Street
United Kingdom


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