Founder & CEO, Everyclick
Polly Gowers, OBE is CEO and founder of Everyclick Ltd (based in Evesham), a technology company that provides online fundraising tools for charities.
Everyclick’s flagship product is Give as you Live, a philanthropic shopping platform that enables online shoppers to raise money for charity without putting their hand deeper into their pocket. For each Give as you Live purchase the retailer pays a commission, a proportion of which is donated to the shopper’s chosen charity. The technology is free to any UK charity and over 3,000 retailers are signed up, including the likes of Asos, Topshop and Expedia.
Since launching in 2010, Give as you Live has helped UK online shoppers raise over £4million for their charity, school or good cause of choice. Testament to the company’s success, Everyclick recently won the People’s Choice Award for Most Promising Internet Company at Internet World 2013.
Polly is very keen to see more young people see the potential of technology and the internet like she has. To this end, Polly sits on the Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs’ Forum, assisted by the Women on Boards research by Lord Davies. As a tech entrepreneur and a strong advocate of philanthropy, Polly is an accomplished public speaker and can comfortably move from a group of retailers to charities and then on to a consumer audience.
Polly lives in Shropshire and is a wife and mother. In her previous career she was a successful international horsewoman. In May 2012, Polly was awarded an OBE for services to UK philanthropy.
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