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 skill-set. Thankfully, there are lots of opportunities – if you know where to look.
After spending a decade in business journalism and research in London, I felt there was a growing need to help bridge the gap between traditional education and the workplace and so I founded Start Me Up.
We offer young people the chance to get practical experience of working for startups and 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.
Head of Operations
As Head of Operations, Zoe is ultimately responsible for ensuring we deliver a high quality service for our interns and our startups and for optimising our business processes and procedures. With 4 years prior experience managing projects as a strategy consultant in London, part of Zoe’s role is also to mentor and project manage our interns.
Zoe has travelled all over the world and lived and worked abroad, she is passionate about experiencing new cultures and adventuring to new parts of the planet. She holds a degree in History from the University of York in the UK.
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.
Marketing and Analytics
Tim is in charge of marketing and analytics for Start Me Up. He has over ten years of experience working in marketing and has worked with and for a range of organizations, including Shelter, one of the biggest charities in the UK.
Director of Startup Acquisition
Annabelle has over ten years of experience running international programs across three continents.
As Director of Startup Recruitment, she’s responsible for vetting potential startup placements to make sure they are as educational, inspiring and interesting as possible for our interns.
A keen traveler and explorer, Annabelle has a degree in Archeology and Anthropology from Oxford University.
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!
One of the best things about our programs is getting access to our wider network of mentors. From UX and programming to marketing and e-commerce, our mentors help participants achieve their professional and personal goals.
Specialism: Service & Business Model Design | Strategist
Tony is particularly good at innovation methodologies. He can assist with service design, business model generation, business plan and pitch deck writing. Tony has over 15 years of work experience in Transaction and Corporate Banking acquired across Europe and Asia, with core competencies in strategy, innovation, corporate development (M&A) and product management. He has also built and nurtured an open innovation ecosystem made of startups, incubators, labs and digital agencies. He currently volunteers for a French social business incubator, where he nurtures a community of changemakers. He also advises a circular economy startup on their business model, business plan and product roadmap. He holds a B.A. in translation (English-Russian) and an MBA from INSEAD
Specialism: Data Analysis and Visualization
Robert worked as a supply chain consultant before switching into information management and analytics consulting for Slalom Consulting in San Francisco.
Robert has worked across the entire data visualization pipeline but he now specializes in data analysis and visualization. From SQL stored procedures to dashboards, he’s worked for the likes of Charles Schwab, Pinterest, Sephora and The Gap.
Specialism: Project Management
Kasia Triantafelo, is a multipotentialite with over 10 years experience in marketing & sales, business development, project management, community building. Currently, a secret weapon at Bali’s first coworking space Hubud. She plots, plans and executes things for its world-domination program while launching her own software house Pragmatic. IT geek, rapid learner, thrives in chaos, performs best across disciplines when combing two or more fields she creates something new at the intersection, Kasia can help you with getting stuff done (aka project management), seeing the big picture (strategies), community building, business development, and much more.
Specialism: Content and SEO
Whitney has been working in digital marketing for over 5 years. With a copywriting background, she has a strong focus on holistic content creation and how it fits within the overall digital strategy. Since college, she’s developed a strong technical proficiency, teaching herself HTML, CSS, JS, JSON-LD, etc., to ensure that sites are technically sound. She specializes in working within agencies (GroupM, Havas, Omnicom) and developing strong collaborative working relationships with internal teams, agency partners, and vendors. Previous clients include GSK, Jaguar Land Rover, DISH Network, P & G, Pfizer, Lindt, and Tresseme. Outside of work, she loves to travel, surf, boulder, and chill with her corgi, Nugget.
Specialism: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Jonny has over ten years of experience in startups. After graduating from Durham University (in Economics and Philosophy) Jonny sold his student side-gig Alakazam, an iPhone app for spontaneous flight search. Shortly afterwards he co-founded Maptia – a living archive inspiring and impactful stories from around the world – with two close friends from university. Their startup adventure took him from Start Up Chile in Santiago, to TechStars in Seattle. Along the way, he has worked and lived nomadically. After that he went on to lead the Escape the City Startup Tribes in London and head up growth at Litographs. More recently, he’s also been developing Start Me Up’s new Future Skills Literacy Curriculum.
Specialism: Content marketing | Social media | Strategist
Shannon Doubleday is the Global Lead for Commercial Social Media at Bloomberg Media, where she develops and manages social media commercialization and native advertising strategies. She previously held positions related to creating useful content marketing strategies at Euromoney PLC and CBS Interactive, but started her career with her nose in books. Based in New York after over a decade in London, she can be found perfecting her balcony-gardening skills and running around the city with her puppy Goose and her other half Nick. She’s really good at strategy, twitter, automation, content creation and all things social media!