Our mission is to give every student on the planet the skills and belief to change the world

Who we are

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From a young age, we are imprinted with a certain image of success. Whether it’s the grades that should be achieved,r the promotion we should be striving for; our view of success is often myopic, stereotypical, or even harmful.
This is the problem we set out to solve with our products: LaunchPad, Accelerator, and Creating Ripples. A world of experiences, a bespoke broadcast programme, and an interactive learning session - all designed to give students the skills and belief to change the world.


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Our recognitions

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8billionideas has been recognised from organisations both inside and outside of education for their forward thinking approach to giving students the skills and beliefs to change the world.

St James' Palace: Recognised in the celebration of 300 years of leadership in the United Kingdom

In 2021, the United Kingdom celebrates 300 years of leadership under a Prime Minister. As such, the future King of England, Prince Charles, wishes to celebrate 300 years of leadership and innovation by looking forward to what the next 300 years will bring. The Palace has selected 20 organisations from different industries pushing the boundaries of their industry and as such 8billionideas was selected as an organisation that is leading the way in what this generation of students should be learning. In June 2021, 8billionideas will be featured in a global publication in the launch ceremonies.

TES : Times Education Supplement

TES, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is a UK publication aimed at education professionals around the world created by The Times newspaper. 8billionideas in collaboration with one of their partner schools - Surbiton High School which is part of the Multi-Academy Trust United Learning - were recognised for their creativity in education over a sustained period of time.

COBIS : Collaboration of British International Schools

COBIS, a membership body of over 300+ British International Schools from around the world, recognised 8billionideas in 2020 as their 'Global Education Supporting Partner' for their strategic work with British School Jakarta in Indonesia. 8billionideas have helped BSJ move to become a distinguished school in the area of entrepreneurship, career education, and skills for the future.

We take your child’s online
security very seriously

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We provide a safe place for children and young people to engage with us and the services we provide. Ensuring safeguarding runs as a golden thread through all we do is part of building a trustworthy connection with our users, and is something we never compromise on.

01. We create all our content in house. In doing so we have positive control over what your child consumes.

02. Our entire team undergo an extended DBS check, the same standard as teachers in the UK.

03. We record all mentor and facilitator interactions, giving you peace of mind.

04. All child to child communication is done with a trained facilitator or mentor present.

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Our mentors & facilitators

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Our mentors and facilitators are carefully chosen to ensure they have the right qualifications and considered personal traits to best support your children. All of our team members undergo an enhanced DBS check and obtain the NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online Certificate. Our mentors also complete a Youth Mental Health First Aid course accredited through MHFA England, as well as a Level 2 Safeguarding course.

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David Harkin

CEO & Co-Founder

'I've never met a child from anywhere across the world who doesn't have an amazing imagination. It's our job at 8billionideas to give them the skills and the belief to change the world in the future. We don't believe a child should be limited to the education in their local school, but join a world where they can learn from experts around the clock and taught what isn't taught in schools to help them find their passions and flourish in the future. Anne Frank once said, 'isn't it amazing that no one needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world', it's a quote we love at 8billionideas and we see it as our responsibility to make sure your child believes that and has the skills to go and do it.'

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Our team

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CEO & Co-Founder
David Harkin
Co-Founder & Director
Jenny Pool
Executive Assistant
Helen Gooday
People Director
Jo Oakley
Director of Design & Marketing
Ravi Chauhan
Director of Operations
Lola Ospanova
Spark Partnerships Manager
Tara Majumdar
Platform Consultant
Tom Parsley
Sales & Projects Manager
Karl Pearson
Schools Engagement Lead
Learning Event Coordinator
Gregor Fair
Content Writer
Learning Facilitator & Mentor
Learning Facilitator & Mentor
Digital Marketer
Kalina Jedruszek
Digital Marketer
Radu Artin
Research & Marketing Intern
Nate Brazier
Content Writer
Louise Charewicz
Motion Designer
Anouska McPherson
Video Editor
Alex Jones
Operations Assistant
Tamara Akguneyli

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We are always on the lookout for Team Members who know how to Work Smart and Make Moves. If you are looking for a new career challenge, please get in touch or browse our job opportunities here.

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