Marina Traversari

Programme Manager
Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator


Marina serves as the Programme Manager for the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program in Bristol, part of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem.  She has a wealth of programme management across various disciplines, including innovative startup projects, multimedia, film, television and politics. She has produced her own Ed Tech applications, exhibited at BETT at ExCel, taken part in NESTA Futurelab Design Challenge and exhibited her work at Submerge, an audio-visual tech/arts expo.

Marina is inspired and passionate about the tech scene in the Southwest region of the UK, including the collaboration and innovation that’s coming out of the region, particularly around Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud Adoption, Machine Learning & AI and IoT / Smart Cities. She is excited about helping to develop and promote technologies that make our lives easier and more enriching or uses tech to bring arts more accessible.

With a proven track record in managing relationships and partnerships, breaking down social barriers and championing equality and diversity, combined with a passion for using technology for improving people’s lives, Marina is looking forward to helping Bristol and the UK grow startup technology and help impact the wider global technology ecosystem through Oracle’s startup program.

She has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University, is an Advisory Board member of the YMCA, has delivered multimedia educational programmes and represented Bristol at various European events.

Marina has credits under her belt from BBC, ITV, National Geographic and Discovery as Production Manager/Producer.  She curated Mini Masterpieces for three year’s at Encounters International Film Festival, managed UK Film Council talent development scheme and is passionate about creating great content and promoting opportunities that everyone can gain from.

What excites you most about the tech scene in Bristol, Bath and the South West?

What excites me most about the tech scene in Bristol and Bath is the collaboration and innovation that’s coming out of the region. There’s so much going on using big data, blockchain, cloud adoption, Iaas, SaaS, machine learning and AI, Internet of Things and smart cities – it’s a very exciting time.

What are you hoping to see from the SPARKies nominees?

Personally, I am hoping to see some amazing Ed Tech ideas but anything that makes our lives easier or uses tech to bring the arts more accessible.

Marina is judging:

  • The ‘Totally Killing It’ Award
  • Best Startup
  • Best Scaleup