Steffan Aquarone

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Steffan Luke Aquarone is a UK entrepreneur in the film and technology sectors. His projects involve collaboration between large groups of people with a common interest[1] and are often crowd-source financed,[2] the most notable example being feature-film Tortoise in Love which was made by a village in Oxfordshire.[3]

In 2014, Aquarone was named by the Daily Mirror as one of the Top 20 most influential media figures under 30.[4]


Aquarone was educated at home as a member of Education Otherwise until the age of 12, before attending Norwich School. He then read Politics and International Relations at the University of Warwick, graduating with a BA in 2006.


In 2004, Aquarone co-founded media business Ephex Media Limited with two fellow students at the University of Warwick. Ephex Media received investment from the Advantage Early Growth Fund in 2007[5] in order to acquire regional post-production facility Oakslade Studios.[6] The company made and edited corporate films for brands including Land Rover, Vodafone, Massey Ferguson and American Express. The business was placed into administration in 2008.[7]

Aquarone co-owns feature film production company Immense Productions with author Guy Browning,[8] whose first feature Tortoise in Love on which Aquarone was producer[9] released in the UK in 2012.[10]

In 2011, Aquarone co-founded peer-to-peer[11] mobile payments platform Droplet[12] which allows users to load funds to an app on their mobile phones and send payments to other people or merchants.[13]

In 2013, Droplet was named among the 'Top 25 UK Startups' by influential technology blog Mashable.[14]


Aquarone writes on digital marketing topics including online video. In 2012 he wrote "Online Video: A Best Practice Guide" for digital publishers Econsultancy.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Aquarone lives in Norwich with his wife, and is a practicing Quaker, involved in local politics with the Liberal Democrat party.


  1. ^ Roxborough, Scott "How an English Village Bankrolled 'A Tortoise in Love'", The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2011. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  2. ^ MIPDoc 2011, "Crowdsourcing: the frontier of documentary and funding", Cannes, 3 April 2011. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "British comedy funded by village residents to show at Cannes", The Daily Telegraph 13 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Top 20 most influential media figures under 30", Daily Mirror 4 December 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Think Enterprise Case Studies", 15 September 2010. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  6. ^ "4RFV", 2 October 2007. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ [1], The London Gazette, 22 July 2008. Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Immense get a funny idea about business" The Birmingham Post 21 July 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  9. ^ IMDB [2] "IMDB". Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  10. ^ British Board of Film Classification "Tortoise in Love". Retrieved on 9 June 2012.
  11. ^ Cockburn, Russ "How traditional banking is failing people technologically" 4 April 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  12. ^ Crunchbase "Droplet". Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  13. ^ Birmingham Post "Birmingham entrepreneurs launch payment app for smartphones", The Birmingham Post 31 March 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  14. ^ [3] "25 Top UK Startups." Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Online Video Best Practice Guide", January 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.