Clare Harrison

Clare Harrison

Founder

The Story of Start Me Up

When I was an undergraduate at Oxford University studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, I remember being thoroughly depressed by the career options available to me. The only employers that I heard about were the big banks, accountancy giants and law firms. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I had a feeling it wasn’t any of those things.

Now many students face a different problem. Automation means many traditional entry-level jobs are going. Not only is the traditional graduate jobs market in a state of flux but the very nature of work is changing. Alongside the huge growth in startups is the rise of the gig economy. In this competitive global jobs market, we all need to be agile and develop a varied skillset. Thankfully, there are lots of opportunities – if you know where to look.

I founded Start Me Up for two reasons: to give young people practical experience of working for startups and to help them get a better understanding of the skills they need to succeed in the new economy. Whether you want to have your own business or you have your heart set on joining an established company, we’ll arm you with the skills and knowledge to make better decisions about your future.

THE TEAM

Fenny Wilriani

Fenny Wilriani

Bali, Co-ordinator

Fenny is from a small village in south Sumatra. She moved to Ubud for the first time in 2010 to work for the Bali Spirit Festival.

She lived in Europe for two years before moving to Ubud in late 2016. She loves reading (biography, sci-fi, crime), sketching, listening to random music; from classical to indie folk. Fenny has also been known to indulge in Netflix binge-watching sessions from time-to-time.

Samia Salamanca

Samia Salamanca

Program Coordinator, Australia

Samia breathes and loves everything digital and she’s passionate about helping early-stage startups strive in their digital marketing efforts.

Her resilience, inquisitive mind, passion for innovation and technology and her dream to work in a challenging and uncertain environment drove her away from her career as an Interpreter and Translator in Mexico and brought her to the Australian startup ecosystem, where she’s been working with a wide range of startups in different industries.

She’s always looking to learn from the experts to be able to grow and improve in everything she does.

Fun fact: when she was 16 years old she once drank so much coffee that she will never be able to join you for a cup herself. However, she believes chai tea is the perfect blend!

Adisty Mediani

Adisty Mediani

Business Development and Marketing

Originally from Jakarta, Adisty always had the urge to travel and she spent her university years in Switzerland, Denmark and England. Her drive to improve her skill set and abilities has led to numerous fantastic working experiences – from building the education program of an aquarium to chaperoning premier league football stars on visits to Jakarta!

Adisty approaches her role at Start Me Up with an absolute focus on nurturing and developing the skills of the interns – with an equally strong focus upon making sure their time spent away from home is as fun and fulfilling as possible! She feels fortunate to be involved with such a vibrant and growing community and is always so excited to interact with her new colleagues and interns.

Nadhila Wardhana

Nadhila Wardhana

Business Development

Nadhila took part in Start Me Up’s Bali program in 2016 while she was a student in the UK studying at Leeds University. A polyglot who is passionate about entrepreneurship, Nadhila now works remotely for Start Me Up from Berlin on business development, recruitment and marketing.