Ben Way in 2008
|Born||Benjamin Peter Bernard Way
28 September 1980
Exeter, Devon, England
|Residence||London, England ; Miami, USA ; San Francisco, USA|
|Net worth||£10 million (US$16 million)|
Benjamin Peter Bernard Way (born 28 September 1980) Ben Way is an English entrepreneur best known for his appearance on Secret Millionaire, The Startup Kids and as a cast member on Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, he started his first company at the age of 15. He went on to raise £25 million in his teens making him one of the first dot com millionaires.
Early life 
Business History 
Ben started his first company 'Quad', a computer consultancy, at age 15. At the age of 19 he raised £25 million from Jersey based venture capitalist to create an online shopping comparison technology called Pulsar. However, after a dispute with the investors in 2001 he was diluted out of the business and lost everything. It is reported that he was in the under thirties Sunday Times Rich List 2001 on the same day he could not buy a tube ticket.
He won "New Business Millennium Young Entrepreneur Of The Year" in 2000 which was given to him by Gordon Brown. After receiving this award he went on to advise both the White House and the UK government on technology as well as joining the internet incubator NetB2B2 PLC as a non-executive. After this he headed up technical and environmental investments and due-diligence for the Rotch Property Group.
He currently runs The Rainmakers, which he started in 2004 an innovation and incubation company, through this he got involved with a number of start up companies, including the online mentoring company Horsesmouth, language learning company FriendsAbroad which was sold to Babbel. During this time he was also chief innovation officer for Brightstation Ventures a $100m technology VC fund started by Dan Wagner and Shaa Wasmund.
In 2012 he moved to San Francisco.
Business ventures 
He is involved in a large number of start-up companies which are listed on the RainmakersGlobal website such as GoDine the restaurant booking service, FuelMyBlog the blogging product review service, Truevoo the iPhone apps store review service, an SME advice service called Smarta as well as a graduate recruitment company called BraveNewTalent. In 2009 the Rainmakers opened a USA branch through this they have got involved in a number of US start-ups including Traffic Spaces the ad management platform and BoostCTR the Google adwords optimizer.
Television, film, and media 
In 1999, he was featured on Britain's Richest Kids on ITV. After this he appeared on a number of television shows including Big Breakfast, partly due to some unusual restrictions on his personal life.
In 2006, he appeared on the Channel 4 TV show Secret Millionaire where he gave away £40,000 in a philanthropic act after spending two weeks in Hackney as a volunteer. £20,000 was given to a youth organisation, £10,000 to a young entrepreneur, and another £10,000 as a thank you to one key member of the Hackney community. He subsequently appeared in the follow-up program Secret Millionaire Changed My Life.
Ben appeared on ITV's Take Me Out dating show on 20 February 2010, on which he declared his personal wealth as £10m, also taking Daisy Gigg out on a date.
In 2012 he appeared as one of the main cast on Bravo's TV Show Start-Ups: Silicon Valley with his sister Hermione Way working on an mHealth innovation called Ignite and raising $500,000 for it from investors including Esther Dyson.
Supported charities and organizations 
He has been involved with a number of charitable organizations, most notably his support of the Pedro Club and a youth club from Hackney which he gave money to through the Secret Millionaire. He is also the patron of Social Firms an organization dedicated to getting employment for people with disabilities.
- New Business Millennium Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
- Young Gun 2007
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- What can I buy? | Using the site | Help. WHSmith. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
- Liz Taylor adored it. Now a reality show is rescuing the Pedro Club | Media | The Observer. Observer.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
- Judging panel. Anne Frank Awards. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
- What are UnLtd Awards?. UnLtd. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
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- CITY OF WESTMINSTER. ELECTION OF CITY COUNCILLORS. BAYSWATER WARD. DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL, Date of Election: 4 May 2006
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- Entrepreneur Ben Way on a meeting of minds with telecoms boss Chris Moss
- THE SECRET MILLIONAIRE: Channel 4
- One day, we'll take over the world...
- Trials of a whiz-kid on Murder Mile
- It pays to be the nice guy
- Stay heads above with Green Plumbers
- Liz Taylor adored it. Now a reality show is rescuing the Pedro Club
- After wife swapping and celebrity sex, new reality TV phenomenon is ... philanthropy
- BBC Midweek
- No teenage kicks
- Telegraph article on Dyslexia
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- Observer piece on Secret Millionaire
- Sunday Times Biog Piece
- Channel 4 News Piece
- Ben Way commenting on the innovation environment in the UK
- An education in the life of Ben Way, internet millionaire
- Viapost service to challenge postal operators
- The Rainmakers Ben Way's Main Company
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