Liverpool born Silicon Valley CEO returns home to offer scholarships to local students
Liverpool’ Chris Lamontagne, CEO of Silicon Valley e-commerce platform, Teespring, is returning to his hometown, Liverpool, to offer students at St Edward’s College the chance to join the company on a tech scholarship, working in the London Office and then to be flown out to the Headquarters in San Francisco.
The Spark Scholarship is a first-of-its-kind tech scholarship developed specifically to create new inspirational opportunities for pupils at St. Edward’s College. Its objective is for pupils to gain exposure to fast moving tech companies all over the world. The week-long placement will allow candidates to experience working with Google, Facebook, Amazon and Youtube, companies which Teespring partner with. Chris, who was born in Liverpool and attended St Edward’s, wants to provide local students with the exposure to a tech world they would not have experienced before.
St Edwards is a coeducational Catholic school based in West Derby, and the first school to offer a scholarship of this kind. The students were asked to pitch a technology-focused business idea, in an industry ripe for disruption. The pitches had to outline the business model, their customers and how they would launch it. Finalists were then shortlisted by Chris, and lastly, 20 minute live presentations and interviews took place. The two winners Owen C & Charlie D have now been selected and will be joining Teespring in the summer months. The winners now have the opportunity to work in San Francisco or New York, in order to gain exposure to the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem.
Lamontagne attended St Edwards from 1999-2006, and mentioned to the 6th Form at St Edward’s that during his time in Sixth Form, he didn’t know what he wanted to do or what he wanted to be when he left, and those he asked at the school felt the same.
Chris began his entrepreneurial journey by founding his own company at 20, and in 2009, he was awarded with the title ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by The Prince’s Trust. He moved to London and joined Gett as Head of Growth, then gained exposure to leading technology startup companies during time in Investment fund Hambro Perks.
This lead him to Silicon Valley company Teespring, based in San Francisco. Teespring is the leading e-commerce platform which allows independent sellers to design and sell their highly-customized products online. Chris was announced as CEO in 2019. He is keen to pay homage to his roots in Britain, recently announcing Teespring’s London office as its European HQ.
On the Spark Scholarship, Chris says: “This has been something I have wanted to do for a long time, I am eternally grateful for the education I received at St. Edwards, I believe that young people from Liverpool are born with an edge and I want to create pathways for them to access new experiences – being in Silicon Valley truly pushes your limits and I think experiencing it at such a young age will make a huge impact.”