Generation Success provided me with many great experiences and gave me the confidence to make extremely valuable contacts and have the best professional year of my life so far!
These are some highlights of what I’ve achieved and been part of, using the things I’ve learnt with Gen Success:
* I had an idea for a start up technology company and fell in love with it as a future user straight away and wished I could log online and experience the service there and then.
* This idea tormented with my view of what I wanted my future to look like. After a ton of sleepless nights, I decided that I wanted to be the founder and CEO of my own tech company – no matter how intimidating that goal was for me. James Adeleke gave me the inspiration and confidence to make this decision.
* I “witnessed” the process of the uni society I am group secretary of (BPP FCD) becoming a community interest company named Generation Success. After hosting a wealth of incredibly successful entrepreneurs from James Caan to Bob Geldof at our events, James Adeleke is now on a direct path to become one himself.
* Joined a startup with a kick ass concept: One Minute London. Having One Minute trailers to peruse before making restaurant bookings was a great way to cut out bad experiences and it was a brand I felt really excited to represent. I joined on a sales internship and found out I wasn’t good at cold calling at all. But I still became good friends with the founder Nelson Sivalingam due to his unerring passion for entrepreneurship and openness in talking about his experiences both past and present. Since my first day with One Minute London it has won numerous awards and Nelson continues to be a treasured friend and mentor.
* I won a week’s worth of work experience with a regional law firm after selling the most raffle tickets with BPP FCD.
* I attended a total of 4 Silicon Drinkabouts – where I met some great, friendly and very encouraging people working in the tech start up industry. I also attended NACUE’s Start Up Career Launch Pad, hearing from founders and very senior figures of very successful start ups such as Future Ad Labs and Airbnb – before having a chat with the CTO of Songkick regarding my startup idea and getting his take on the competition.
* Led a team of 3 other people to come runners up in the Rise To challenge after 6 intense weeks of promoting charitable causes in order to develop entrepreneurial skills.
Due to the strength of our campaign and our close come back during testing circumstances, we won the unprecedented prize of a free website build (2nd place received no prizes in previous years). I am in the process of using the prize to create a landing page with a sign up sheet for my start up idea.
I also gave the best presentation of my life, using the movie 300 as a point of reference and making multiple jokes about Gerard Butler’s buff physique. I received numerous compliments on the presentation and the audience was full of laughter (for all the right reasons)!
* I connected with Tim Jackson, whose technology company was sold for a staggering $1.9 BILLION several years ago.
I received personal advice from Tim and we reviewed my business plan together after I attended several events in which he was a guest speaker, before giving him a 30 second “elevator pitch” whilst running down some stairs with him as he was leaving in a hurry.
* I listened to Brett Akker speak at the UK business expo about his passion for industry disruption, his experience creating and selling his first company (Streetcar) to Zipcar for £32 million, and the creation of his new storage company called LOVESPACE.
At the same event I also spoke with the UK chief executive of Just Eat (who gave me a verbal commitment to arrange coaching for our One Minute London sales team).
* 4 days after my last exam at university I was interviewed for a role with LOVESPACE, I was offered a job at the interview itself. I happily accepted and began my first graduate job.
* During my time with LOVESPACE I experienced the dynamics of properly working with a start up team day to day and gained a wealth of knowledge as we were a small team – of between 8 to 12 people – running the company’s nationwide operation every day.
* I was fortunate enough to have worked with the CEO of LOVESPACE (Steve Folwell) and also with Brett on my business plan and future plans. Both are incredible people in their openness and willingness to provide guidance and access to their experience, and provided me with the confidence to know that my ambitions weren’t totally insane.
* I then left LOVESPACE in order to find a role that would build my skills in digital marketing.
* Less than a month later I joined Glow Digital Media, an official global advertising partner for Facebook and Twitter. Glow is also a startup that has in total raised over €5m in funding so far.
* I won a pass worth £350 for the events that were part of Social Media Week in London, and attended in preparation for my first day with Glow
* At Glow I was given my first independent client (based in Milan, Italy). I was in charge of everything for this client: day to day communications, weekly progress calls, strategy for spending their budget, ad campaign optimisation etc.
* After meeting with the chief of USA Operations at Glow whilst on my holiday in America, I found out that in early 2015 I will be moving to NYC to work from there on a permanent basis and also be fast tracked towards my first promotion!