Bruce Walker is a great inspiration for young entrepreneurs! It is never too early to start an initiative as long as you have the drive and passion to make a change, and Bruce has clearly showed us that. His insights are truly phenomenal – gain experiences as much as you can, focus and be better, and succeed in your venture.
At 22, Bruce Walker has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and business names. Bruce has created a global organisation that operates across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
Today, Bruce’s primary role is being the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fx Group, a family of brands working collectively to build a better world through business, harnessing the power of entrepreneurs to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. The brands include: WeAreTheFuture, Mettā Network, FutureX in addition to leading Fx Group. Bruce Walker sits on several international advisory boards and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.
How does your initiative work and what are the benefits for people getting involved?
WeAreTheFuture is a global startup forum that hosts international summits and programmes around the world to inspire and connect entrepreneurs. We operate across Europe, US, Middle East and Asia, working with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs and organisations on the planet.
What key things should an innovator focus on demonstrating when looking to connect with a technology leader?
It really depends why you’re trying to connect. Asking for advice or help is always a good place to start, but remember to do your research on the person and make the asking really specific as everyone is pressed for time. You also need to think about why you and your product is different or why you’re the best place to make it succeed. Most importantly, why are you doing what you do. Most often, the ‘why’ is far more inspiring and captivating than the product on its own.
What are new innovations that you have seen recently that excite you the most?
I see really cool innovations almost every other day so it’s hard to narrow it down, however, one that stood out recently was a technology that harnesses power from the natural fluctuation in size levels to produce huge amounts of green energy.
What led you to this advocacy of transforming communities through entrepreneurship?
It started as a school project when I was 17 (2011) and turned into a project I ran alongside my first year at the University. By the end of my first year at university (2012), I ran a big event for entrepreneurs and was then invited to Silicon Valley to check out the SF tech ecosystem. That trip ended up connecting me with some of the planet’s biggest brands and massively inspired me.
From there, I hosted an event in SF in 2013, shortly after, I was invited to do some work in LA, then Edinburgh and then Abu Dhabi business school. Shortly after that, we signed a major partnership with Virgin Atlantic and I dropped out of university. In 2014, I started working full time at WeAreTheFuture and we have grown into a global forum working with over 6,000 entrepreneurs across Europe, US, Middle East and China.
How do you help aspiring entrepreneurs grow to the next level and be at their best?
At WeAreTheFuture, we have two programmes. Our international summits, mainly the Startup Summit which is a 1000+ people event that brings together some of the most successful entrepreneurs and brands in the world to inspire and connect startup entrepreneurs.
We also have the ‘Accelerate’ programmes, mainly the Silicon Valley Accelerate (SVA) Programme. SVA is an international programme that takes tech entrepreneurs on a journey to meet and learn from the most successful organisations, founders and investors in Silicon Valley. It supports them on their leadership development, helps them set goals, provides an incredible peer network and links them with organisations that have backed Tesla, Twitter, Skype, SpaceX, AirBnB and Dropbox, as well as leaders from Google, Silicon Valley Bank and Rocketspace.
What advice would you have for anyone looking to start their own initiative?
Understand your passion and pursue that. Being a startup is tough and only 100% conviction in the YOU mission will see you through the challenges. Stay focused; it is easy to get distracted. Remember that it’s not just about ‘what’ you do, but about ‘how’ you do it – being socially conscious and purpose focused is going to be the only sustainable way to succeed in the future. Sales – don’t forget to sell stuff. Without sales, you’re not a business.
WeAreTheFuture hosts international summits around the world. Together with some of the planet’s leading entrepreneurs, governments and businesses, WeAreTheFuture helps to facilitate that transformation.