In 2010 we set out to connect talent with industry. Since then we've met thousands of people from across the UK to build a network of companies, educators and people in the creative industries. Recently we were lucky enough to receive funding and have the chance to grow and develop the FutureRising network into a truly collaborative platform that will benefit everyone involved.
Companies in the creative industries can now subscribe to FutureRising, we're providing them with access to talent, staff development opportunities and networking events. Over the coming year we will be holding over 40 events across the country at Universities, companies and at our offices in Kings Cross.
Thank you to every individual and every company who has been involved so far, get in touch to find out how the network can help you.
In 2010, FutureRising was a side project driven by our frustrations at the difficulty, time and cost of getting into the creative industries, little did we know how hard the industry was finding it to discover talent.
We were working at the Internet Advertising Bureau in London and at the time of the idea, our colleagues Guy Phillipson, Amit Kotecha and Jack Wallington as well as James Booth next door at Rockabox, helped us to shape our initial proposition:
‘To bring together a group of industry professionals and collectively produce careers advice for young people interested in the creative industries.’
We created a group of 10 rising industry stars from AMV BBDO, BrandPie, Google, Grapple, IAB, Millward Brown, newmediaage (now part of Econsultancy), Propel, Spotify and The Student Room that met every month to deliver careers advice on our website.
Our work connected us to some fantastic people and we wanted to get closer to the students so our proposition developed into this:
‘Educate and inspire the next generation of talent in the creative industry.’
In early 2012, we took a big step and started running careers events at Universities across the country, bringing talent from the industry to educate and inspire the next generation. Thank you to Amber Burton at Bournemouth University and Caroline Barfoot at Southampton Solent for letting us cut our teeth early that year.
As the movement gathered pace, we shifted our focus from running a small team of contributors to opening up the opportunity to anyone in the industry. That allowed us to pass on much more advice and created a team of talented students to act as ambassadors for FutureRising within their Universities. A special thanks goes to Tom Quick, Jeremy Garner, David Adamson, Calum Byrne, Paul Tullo, Sarah Tate, Dave Allen, Roger Partington, Camilla Woodhouse, Corryn Boyes and Elle Lamb for their support during this period.
To date we have produced hundreds of pieces of inspiring content, brought speakers from every edge of the industry to our events across the UK and spoken to thousands of students.
With a rapidly expanding network, our project was shaping up for funding and both of us were just as passionate as the day the idea formed about making FutureRising fulfil its potential. Our employers, Mobext and BrandPie were awesome in supporting us and we have to thank Fiona Pilgrim, Jim Compton-Hall and Becki Ashton for helping on FutureRising content, events and social media during 2013.
Over the second half of 2013, we met with investors whilst developing a kick-ass business plan and successfully secured funding.
We are going to fill the gap between education and the workplace by growing the largest network of companies, educators and people in the creative industries who all contribute towards each others development and success.
Our focus now is to find companies within the creative industries to subscribe to FutureRising, offering them access to our talent, staff development opportunities and a series of events for their employees to network at. It’s a great time to have a conversation with us so please get in touch.
Our next steps will include transforming our website into a fully servicing platform to act as a home for our network and deliver the best resources for the industry in one place. We’ve not forgotten our bread and butter though, there are over 40 events planned this year and an absolute shedload of content coming your way.
A big thank you to a few more below for all your help so far, we look forward to continuing to work with you.
Adam and Donald
Alex Brownless, Alex Dunning, Alexandra Scott, Alicia Ray, Andrew Timms, Asad Shaykh, Beard & Bender, Becki Willmore, Calum Byrne, Carl & Charlotte, Carlo Pandian, Charlotte Wheatley, Chris Ackroyd, Chris McNair, Colm Bracken, Corryn Boyes, David Adamson, David Tudor-Hall, Denholm Hesse, Ejiro Ogboru, Hanisha Kotecha, Hugo Soul, James McBennett, James Richards, Jeremy Garner, Jess Myers, Joseph Spano, Kat Bednarczyk, Liam Brennan, Lizzie Edwards, Mary Chaney, Matt Bertocchi, Michela Nicchiotti, Nathan Miller, Nikhil Shah, Noviana Mona Chandra, Oliver Kumawu, Owen Lee, Patrick Whitnall, Paul Tullo, Pete Giblin, Matt Hopkinson, Sabah Sheikh, Saman Mansourpour, Stephen Buss Will Harvey, Temitayo Ogunye, Thomas Nishantha, Tony Jiang, Vilma Grosberga and Will Wapshott.
We are also indebted to all companies that have helped us along the way: AMV BBDO, BBH Labs, BrandPie, Carat, Citizenbay, Creativepool, Fabsie, Google, Grapple Mobile, Internet Advertising Bureau, Karmarama, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Millward Brown, Mindshare, Mixcloud, Mobext, Propel, Proximity London, Somo, Spotify, Starcom, Substance, TH_NK, The Student Room, the7Stars, TMW, Weapon7.