10 business podcasts for founders and entrepreneurs

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A selection of podcasts that explore everything you need to know about running a business, from mindset to pitching, and everything in-between.

Secret leaders

What do the founders of startups like Monzo, BrewDog, Slack and Jo Malone all have in common? They featured on Secret Leaders, one the UK’s leading podcasts for entrepreneurs and startup founders. Powerful advice and intimate life-defining moments are the hallmarks of this series. You can click here for a selection of their top episodes: Starter Pack.


Startupification explores the world of startups through the eyes of two of the sector’s leading lights, Steven Drost, Chief Strategy Officer at the UK’s largest incubator Codebase, and Matt Farrugia, who built and sold successful tech service business Bemo. Here the two hosts discuss startups, the societal impacts of technology, and how policy can intervene for good. Cyber security and innovation, growth loops, the future of social and Web3 are recent topics.

Great Women of Business  

The wage gap, the motherhood penalty, the glass ceiling — these are three of the topics covered in Great Women of Business, a 12-part podcast looking at the world’s most famous businesswomen. This is more than a retelling of life stories. Each episode explores one business principle — bootstrapping, networking, customer experience — that helped shape these women’s careers. A podcast with lots of practical advice for entrepreneurs.

The Twenty Minute VC

From pitching to funding, The Twenty Minute VC takes audiences inside the world of venture capital. Host Harry Stebbings asks prominent investors what they’re looking for in startups, with actionable advice to give you the greatest chance of success. If you’re thinking about life after being a startup founder, The Twenty Minute VC also explores how to break into the world of venture capital. Also featuring tech, trends, and sector analysis.

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs Invites

Founders, CEOs, and innovators are featured in this podcast produced by Harvard University and hosts Denise Silber and Philip Guarino. There’s a real breadth of topics here which the hosts do well to navigate, asking insightful questions that draws out a wealth of practical advice. No Code, vegan meat, women in fintech are the last three topics at the time of writing. Why enrol in Harvard’s business course when you can have this for free?


A startup founded has 5 minutes to pitch their business to Nick Telson, founded of DesignMyNight, which he sold for more than $30 million in 2020, and a guest who happens to be an angel investor or startup mentor. After the pitch, the “panel” asks questions an investor would ask in a real pitch and then they discuss together what they make of the investment opportunity. A great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the world of funding. 

The Diary of a CEO

Steven Bartlett is the 29-year-old Founder of the social media marketing agency Social Chain, which he built out of his bedroom in Manchester after dropping out of university. He sold the business at age 27 — and is now estimated to be worth $600 million. Steven’s podcast, The Diary of a CEO, is one of Europe’s biggest podcasts. Each week, Steven speaks to influential people on topics relating to business, with plenty of content about mindset.


Masters of Scale

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley and beyond. Host Reid Hoffman, who cofounded Linkedin and is now a prolific investor, attempts to prove his theory about how businesses scale in conversation with founders of some of the world’s largest businesses such as Nike, Netflix, and Starbucks. US focussed.

Rebel Entrepreneur with Alan Donegan

To be an entrepreneur you need to be a bit of a rebel, says Alan Donegan, host of the Rebel Entrepreneur podcast, which explores how to launch a startup without debt. The idea came a decade ago when Alan went to the British government for assistance with starting a business. He was told to write a business plan and take a loan. Since then, he has been working on methods to help people start businesses without debt. He achieved: PopUp Business School now operates in five countries. Practical advice on how to run a business debt-free.

Disruptive by Barclays Eagle Labs

Disruptive is a new podcast series from Eagle Labs that brings to life the challenges that entrepreneurs and business founders face. It features experienced entrepreneurs, subject matter and industry experts to help inspire and educate the current and next generation of founders and startups. To date it has featured interviews with entrepreneurs like Cas Paton, the founder and CEO of UK-based, and Jamelia Donaldson, founder and CEO of TreasureTress — a monthly product subscription service for people with curly hair.


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