This week, Amber Hill was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Engineering in the Financial Times. Amber joined the Entrepreneur First programme 6 months ago, and is now the Founder and CEO of R.grid, a tech company combining machine learning and UX to streamline medical research processes.
We caught up on Amber’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur. From refusing to take no for an answer, to the tattoo she got to remind herself of what’s what – this is one formidable woman.
What made you decide to join Entrepreneur First?
I joined the programme wanting to combine all of my technical know-how and domain knowledge to create a solution that could open new possibilities and markets for innovation in my specialist areas of research and medicine. In particular, I wanted to lead a company that would utilise machine learning to have a greater impact than what I was previously able to have manually via any other approach.
You can usually spot people who would make great founders because they stand out from the crowd, either in terms of their achievements or their personality. At EF, we call these people ‘outliers’. Do you think entrepreneurship fits with your personality type?
I’ve always been the kind of person to challenge myself with multiple facets and moving parts at once. It used to drive my mother and any supervisor I’ve ever had a bit nuts! But, it’s exactly what the CEO role is. For me, entrepreneurship is akin to a longitudinal research experiment where you are applying the scientific method to test a hypothesis to learn faster with data-driven output than your competitors.