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Stella James is an edtech entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

With a background in sales and marketing, Stella James had minimal experience in technology. But, with a vision to create a resource that could educate children about online safety, she showed true grit and determination and pursued her dream. The result is Gooseberry Planet – an award-winning, innovative app that introduces children to online safety through gamification, and enables parents and teachers to monitor progress and support learning. 

Stella James 's inspirational story doesn't stop there, as during the initial developmental stages of Gooseberry Planet, Stella was diagnosed with cancer. Recognising the importance of educating today's children about the dangers found online, Stella refused to abandon her dream and continued to develop the app while in treatment, defeating all the odds to succeed. 

 Stella James is a truly remarkable woman, mother and entrepreneur, and her anecdotes about her path to success captivate all those she speaks to. Her determination to pursue her dream has led to recognition at a number of events, including the Business Women Awards, the Every Woman in Technology Awards, The Ignite Awards and the DevelopHER Awards. 

 Stella  is passionate about helping others find their path to succeed and achieve their goals, both personal and professional. As part of this, she delivers awe-inspiring and motivational talks about how we can keep our children safe from dangers in the 21st Century, how to overcome barriers and achieve success, and how to succeed in business. 

Stella  has spoken at several events including the Independent Association of Preps Schools, the Independent Schools' Bursars Association and the Developer awards.

Key topics include: 

Online safety 

Education

Success in Business and technology

Taking a dream and making it happen

Never giving up

Stella James is an edtech entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

Stella James is an edtech entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

Stella James is a mother of two young children and the CEO and founder of Gooseberry Planet – an exciting and interactive app developed to educate children, teachers and parents about the dangers of the internet such as online bullying, sexual grooming and exploitation. 

The idea behind Gooseberry Planet stemmed from a personal perspective; with two young children using the internet regularly, including social media, but with little knowledge about how protect them from the various dangers found online,  Stella James considered how the digital divide could be closed, and how discussions about online safety could be introduced. 

Stella James that schools needed to raise awareness of the topic too and deliver regular sessions about online safety in order to protect today’s children from harm.

Just as Stella James was beginning to develop the idea for the app, she was diagnosed with cancer and progress halted. However, during her recovery, Stella decided that she didn’t just want to talk about herself and cancer, she wanted to pick up where she had left off with the app. So that’s what she did. She focused on working with designers and developers, and within a year, Gooseberry Planet had been launched on the app store. 

Since then, the app has gone from strength-to-strength, winning six awards, including most recently, the ‘Best Online Business Award 2016’ at The Best Business Woman Awards and the ‘New Kid Award’ from Education Investor, and being used by over 22,000 pupils in the UK. Stella James recognises that Gooseberry Planet wouldn’t be where it is today without the cancer, as both came hand-on-hand, and it made her focus on work and, to an extent, still does.  

Stella James  says, “If Gooseberry Planet can save one child from being groomed or sexually exploited, then it has achieved my goal.

Key topics include: 

Online safety 

Education

Success in Business and technology

Taking a dream and making it happen

Never giving up

Stella James is an edtech entrepreneur and inspirational speaker.

“’The more people you talk to, the more people you can connect with. Always share your business with others’ excellent advice from Stella James

“’If you have a vision, you absolutely must go for it.’ - Yet more inspiring words from Stella James!”  Thanks You!

“Stella James - a very interesting and thought-provoking session – feel I learned a lot from this!”

Stella James gave an amazing speech on how her journey to launching @Gooseberryplan has been an absolute life changer!”A very interesting and thought-provoking session – feel I learned a lot from this!”

“Fantastic! I came away extremely impressed and energised by“’The more people you talk to, the more people you can connect with. Always share your business with others’ excellent advice from Stella James”

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