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

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8billionideas was created to better equip children for their future.

As an education company, it's our mission to provide young people with vital skills that will lead them to happiness and fulfilment throughout their lives. These skills are transferable, and allow students to pursue a career and life they're truly passionate about.

This is at the core of everything we do.

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A message from our founder

David Harkin | CEO & Co-Founder

At 8billionideas, we truly believe that every child has an amazing imagination, but it's our job to give them the skills and belief to change the world. With the world moving at such a pace, it's impossible for education systems around the world to keep up and hence why our work at 8billionideas is so important to students all around the world.

Daily we strive to be world-class in everything we do and build relationships with our clients that last a lifetime. The entire team is dedicated to delivering best-in-class education in a fun, informative and engaging way.

This is why we're award-winning and have partnerships in every part of the globe. However, we're far from completing our mission, and in the years ahead can't wait to continue to work with students all around the world, form new partnerships with education establishments looking to be at the cutting edge of education and transform opportunities for students around the world.

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Meet the people behind 8billionideas

Our dedicated and passionate team has a diverse range of experience, and this is what makes 8billionideas the online learning platform that it is today. We strive to be an inspiring and supportive team, working together to provide the best learning experiences imaginable.

A terrifically tired Dad and a brilliantly busy person doing what I love. Keen runner and still think I can play cricket - but struggle to see the ball these days!

CEO & Co-Founder

David Harkin

Mother to two very lively boys, and Ambassador for African Promise. I like to run and keep fit, and run my craft business on the side (when I have time!).

Co-Founder & Director

Jenny Pool

I'm happiest when I'm learning something random & new, or when I'm walking my westie in a rainy forest or when eating bread and cheese in France.

People Director

Jo Oakley

A bad guitar player and even worse at Gran Turismo. I love all things tech and entrepreneurship, and I'm happiest in a cosy coffee shop with a good book or my laptop.

Director of Design & Marketing

Ravi Chauhan

I'm a qualified pilot, but these days you'll catch me on the ground. My favourite question is 'how?' - and that's where I come in.

Director of Operations

Lola Ospanova

Non-Executive Director

David Kay

Non-Executive Director

Sharon Chancellor-Maddison

Non-Executive Director

Karen Smith-Watson

I am always buzzing to meet new people around the world. I love putting myself out there and getting to know the most random things about people - often there's something in common!

Schools Engagement Lead


I am a fiercely loyal and dedicated team player! A lover of sport, I have spent my life contributing in teams and this is where I am happiest!

Sales & Projects Manager

Karl Pearson

I love learning about the education sector and thinking about how we can best help our clients and students achieve their goals with our products and services.

School and College Engagement Lead at 8billionideas

Tyne Davey

Having fun with everything I do makes me love life! Nothing puts a smile on my face like a new challenge and pursuing my passions!

Learning Facilitator & Mentor


Learning Facilitator and Mentor

Joel Messenger

I enjoy buying and trading effects pedals (then never using them), absorbing anything music related, and being terrible at video games.

Learning Event Coordinator

Gregor Fair

I’m currently working on a novel that has spiralled out of control. I relax by practicing yoga, starting craft projects that I never finish, collecting vintage recipe books and useless information, and curating nostalgic playlists.

Content Writer

Louise Charewicz

I have been working in the advertising industry for almost 4 years before making the complete switch to designing and marketing digital products. A true aspiring hall of fame drummer in my spare time, I love expressing myself creatively through music.

Digital Marketer

Radu Artin

I'm an animator that takes ideas from concept to completion. I like to be playful and creative with concepts and use my skills to support learning.

Motion Designer

Craig Green

Video isn't just a job for me but my passion, I love the medium of video and the stories we can tell through it.

Video Editor

Alex Jones


The four pillars of our mission

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We leverage our platform for the good of all and are committed to being a voice for positive social change. We lead by example and meet the highest social responsibility standards.

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We invest in long-term relationships based on trust, loyalty and integrity. We see everyone as a unique individual and we are focused on building personal connections with them.

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We create memorable, powerful and impactful experiences. We believe the experience defines how our customers and partners remember us, and craft meaningful interactions.

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We pursue world-class service and quality relentlessly. With true entrepreneurial spirit, we consistently innovate, iterate and improve.


A company with credentials

We’ve been recognised by organisations both inside and outside of the education sector for our forward-thinking approach when it comes to creating unique learning experiences.

The History of Parliament Trust

St James' Palace has recognised us as leading the way in Education. In June 2021, 8billionideas was featured in a global publication celebrating the best of British leadership and innovation.

Times Education Supplement

We partnered with Surbiton High School and were recognised for our creativity in providing entrepreneurship education to their students.

Edufuturist Awards

Our CEO David Harkin has been named ‘Edufuturist of the Year’ at #EdufuturistsAwards 2022. The awards recognise and reward the people and organisations at the forefront of educational transformation.

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We take your child’s online security very seriously

Our platform is a safe space for children and young people to engage with the services we provide. Safeguarding is just as important to us as it is to you, and is the foundation of our business.

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

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All child to child communication is done with a trained Facilitator or Mentor present.

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Our entire team undergoes an enhanced DBS check, the same standard as teachers in the UK.

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We record all Mentor and Facilitator interactions, giving you peace of mind.


We believe in giving back

#ROAR2021 - A World of Ideas

African Promise


Tomorrow starts today

Bring entrepreneurial skills and careers learning into your school

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