57: How to get into a career in social enterprise and impact investing - David Kyle, Founder of IBL

How do I get into a career in social enterprise and impact investing? David Kyle was asked this question again and again, so decided to provide a solution by founding a unique programme called Impact Business Leaders (IBL). IBL is a unique social enterprise running six program centers in India, Kenya, The Netherlands, Nigeria, the UK and the USA. It aims to support regional social enterprises with local talent while allowing professionals to build meaningful careers in their own communities. The program has three main components geared to launch attendees into the social enterprise sector:...


56: Turning down a grad scheme to set up a drinks company - James Shillcock, Founder of Vivid Drinks

In this interview I talk to James who is the dynamic founder of Vivid Drinks. James saw an opportunity to bring a healthy version of iced tea to the UK market. This category is huge globally but not big in the UK. The popularity of green tea has been rising in the UK and Vivid Drinks seems set to capitalise on a drink that focuses on improving our mental energy. Having worked for Deloitte for a year prior to university he was due to start on their graduate scheme but delayed his start date to get some start up experience under his belt. He worked for a start up tea company which gave him...


MDE 49: Uninspired by graduate schemes on offer he scratched his own itch, Rob Blythe of Instant Impact

Rob Blythe and his co-founder Felix Mitchell set up Instant Impact four years ago from a Starbucks coffee shop. They have grown their specialist recruitment company to 20 employees housed in an office in London and are on target to hit a turnover of £1 million this year. Meeting all their candidates face to face, and providing quirky guides to living in London as benefits for their candidates, the company is on a mission to help change the perception of the rather tarnished image of the recruitment industry. The idea for a company specialising in finding graduates jobs and internships...


MDE 40: Inspiring children with Jedi mind tricks, Chris Burgess of CBiS Education

How do you capture the imagination of children who are disengaged? Show them how to move a remote control car using their mind, that’s how! A request from a teacher to go and show off some robotics the company had been developing for the military led to a whole new revenue stream and is now the sole focus of their business. What you will learn in this interview:  What Chris has learnt in the ups and downs of business The mistakes he has made What his strategy has been for funding the business Why his company is unique in it’s offering Book ‘Pitch anything’ - Oren Claff Favourite...


MDE 39: Innovating to improve maths literacy with Tom Hooper of Third Space Learning

Originally from a background of politics and finance Tom wanted to add something to society rather just making money. On this podcast he tells the story of how he set up his company to address one of the biggest educational problems in the UK. Third Space provides specialist maths tuition using virtual tutors based in India, to children who are struggling with maths in state schools with the aim of raising attainment levels. What you'll learn from my interview with Tom: His biggest challenges when in setting up this business How he has financed the business What his angel investors bring to...


MDE 27: Jane Kenyon, the Inspiration Diva for teenage girls

I’ve known entrepreneur Jane Kenyon for several years, including a spell in a Mastermind group she ran, so I was delighted to learn that she has a new book out. DIVA WISDOM - Find Your Voice, Rock Your World and Pass It On! contains a very personal account of her own entrepreneurial journey, which saw her raised by a millionaire, entrepreneur father, kicked out of the family home at 16, and go from homelessness to a degree, three postgraduate diplomas and an MBA by the age of 28 - all through a lot of hard work and a heavy night-school attendance. “I definitely did it the hard way,”...


MDE 19: Claire Young, Apprentice star committed to inspiring the next generation

Back in 2008 Claire Young beat 30,000 candidates to reach the final of the fourth series of BBC1’s The Apprentice, impressing Lord Sugar (just plain old "Sir Alan" back then) with her determination and presentation skills. The 33-year-old (who splits her time between London and Yorkshire), was born in Johannesburg and brought up in Yorkshire. She worked for Colgate, L’Oreal and Superdrug and had carved out a successful retail career. Claire says she signed up for The Apprentice because she would sit there watching it, “screaming at how useless these people are. In Series 3 they went to...