Meet another one of our StartMeUp Pitch judges, Bruce Walker, CEO and Co-founder at FutureX. He's answered a few questions about his experience starting a business and what he's looking for in our #StartMeUpGlasgow competition.
At age 17, Bruce started his very first business, We Are The Future. His mission was to inspire and connect entrepreneurs from around the world. Over the next five years, Bruce worked with over 5,000 entrepreneurs and at age 23 he co-founded FutureX, an international summit and programme provider. He has since won numerous awards, recognitions and was included in Grant Thornton Faces of a Vibrant Economy, The Sunday Times Maserati 100 game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world and Startacus UK Startup Influencers…splendid!
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR IDEA OR CONCEPT FOR FUTUREX?
FutureX started with the mission of ushering in a new kind of entrepreneurial leader. A leader who prioritises people, the planet and the profit. We wanted to build sustainable and scalable companies that put their purpose at the heart of their business.
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE STARTING FUTUREX?
I was quite fortunate; I actually built FutureX on the back of my previous company, We Are The Future, which had already worked with over 5,000 entrepreneurs across Europe, US and Asia. Knowing what challenges faces early-stage companies and using that when building FutureX, enabled us to support driven leaders and grow our business at the same time.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ENTREPRENEURS LOOKING TO START THEIR FIRST BUSINESS?
I think starting a business is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but it's also one of the most challenging. You need to fall in love with the problem you're solving and always keep the purpose at the heart of what you're doing. No one was ever successful on their own, so I'd suggest surrounding yourself with ambitious, smart people who will help and support you throughout your journey.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR PITCHING YOUR BUSINESS TO POTENTIAL INVESTORS OR CLIENTS?
Keep it simple; make it reliable and explain why you're building the company. You should also listen to the feedback given and apply that back into your business to make it better.
WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR IN A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT IN OUR STARTMEUP PITCH COMPETITION?
I'm looking for someone who can demonstrate that they are ready to learn and I'm also looking for someone who has a strong connection to the problem they are solving. Beyond that, I'm keen to find someone who is passionate and enthusiastic, who are also ready to make mistakes, learn from them and be relentless enough to try again.
Thanks for answering all our questions, Bruce!
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