Patel is a co-founder of Independents United and CEO of Distill Ventures, the world’s first alcoholic beverage accelerator in partnership with Diageo. Shilen started in strategy consulting working in an early-stage startup that scaled fast and was eventually sold for over £500m. He then worked in strategy at Guinness as it merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo – the world’s leading spirits company. He left Diageo to start his own successful consulting business and then co-founded IU with Frank Lampen. He is now an investor in, and mentor to, numerous technology startups such as Osper. He’s great at asking provocative questions, helping develop brilliant propositions and compelling strategies and coaching high-performing teams to deliver great results.