Young entrepreneurs: Bruce Walker, WeAreTheFuture
The 21-year-old on a mission to change the world through entrepreneurship by nurturing the next generation of business leaders
Name: Bruce Walker
Elected managing director of his school’s enterprise project when he was just 11, it’s clear Bruce Walker was destined for entrepreneurial success from an early age.
By 17, he had started WeAreTheFuture from his high school classroom: a global entrepreneurship organisation that hosts international summits and programmes to inspire and connect entrepreneurs.
After Walker ordered the wrong size materials for a fashion accessory business which never got off the ground, he decided to run an event where successful entrepreneurs could share their knowledge and experience to help others navigate the stormy waters of setting up a business. With the inaugural event securing the support of Alan Sugar and Michelle Mone, as well as attracting 135 students from across Scotland, Walker knew he was onto something.
Four years later and WeAreTheFuture has hosted summits in 10 cities around the world including Edinburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, delivers an entrepreneurship programme in schools funded by the Scottish government, and organises ‘international acceleration trips’ to give entrepreneurs insight into a new environment. And to help them make useful contacts.
The young, eight strong team generates revenue from ticketing its trips, sponsorship, marketing and promotion. Ultimately though, Walker hopes the company will become a huge global platform that will encourage all entrepreneurs to create social enterprises and use their success to have a positive social impact.
Inspiring and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs through his own success, Walker has big ambitions to make the world a more entrepreneurial place, connecting organisations, governments and future business leaders to “create a stronger more sustainable world”.
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And that’s a mission we can get behind.