Career Accelerator is an education business supported by experts in education, digital, social enterprise and investment fields.

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Team

“My goal is to help shape a world where hard working young people from diverse backgrounds are empowered to realise their full potential and become the future leaders of society.”
Mayur Gupta – Founder and CEO

Career Accelerator was inspired when Founder Mayur Gupta worked at a school in Elephant and Castle as part of his Year Here postgraduate, where he identified how influential career support is in determining students’ post 18 trajectory. During his market research he found out that more and more roles are being created in the digital sector, however students are not being prepared for these opportunities and therefore they miss out. Career Accelerator helps provide real world career support in secondary schools tailored to the modern digitalised economy, while supporting businesses to nurture tomorrow’s diverse talent.

History

Career Accelerator was set up in July 2017 and ran its first programme with Ark Globe Academy. Career Accelerator is supported by Teach First, The University of Cambridge and The Young Foundation to help it develop and scale across England.

Impact

Career Accelerator has run three pilot programmes with Globe Academy, Ark Elvin Academy and The Crest Academy during its first year. Career Accelerator has collaborated with over 20 digital businesses from tech start ups to some of the leading digital companies in the world, including LinkedIn, Just Eat and UBS.

Career Accelerator Advisory Board

Career Accelerator is supported by Business Advisers who are experts in the education, digital and social enterprise fields.

Patricia Hamzahee

Founder and Principal Consultant at Integriti 

Patricia Hamzahee is an expert at helping social enterprises attract private capital and guiding investors through the complexities of responsible finance.

She has 20+ years of career success as a strategic communications specialist, both in-house and as a consultant, in understanding how the interests of corporate, financial, political and societal audiences intersect to compete and cooperate.

Matt Jones

Principal at Ark Globe Academy

Matt has been Principal of Ark Globe Academy (an all-through academy) since May 2012. In his first full year as Principal the academy achieved it’s best ever outcomes for children in all Key Stages. Matt is a graduate from the Future Leaders programme and remains committed to closing the achievement gap in education and raising standards for all, especially those threatened by urban deprivation and poverty. In 2012 Matt joined the Future Leaders Board of Trustees and has recently chaired an all-party parliamentary group on developing character in secondary school students.

Rosie Wright 

Organisational Development & Innovation Specialist at ALYS Innovation

Rosie is an Emerging Technologies specialist helping organisations innovate for worthwhile purposes. She has worked and volunteered across a wide range of organisations (including Oxfam, Crisis and Alzheimer’s Society, alongside 6 years in RBS). At RBS she designed and implemented a global department to lead on bank-wide technology innovation and improvement initiatives. Rosie set up ALYS Innovation where she is responsible for working with businesses, charities, educators and civil society to shape future strategy for worthwhile innovation.

Mike Mompi

Director, Impact Investment at ClearlySo

As Director of Impact Investment at ClearlySo Europe’s leading Impact Investment Bank, Mike works with management teams, private investors, and institutional investors to structure and secure values-aligned investment capital for businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment.

Jack Graham

CEO and Founder of Year Here

Jack is the CEO and Founder of Year Here – a postgraduate course in social innovation based in London. He was named one of Nesta and The Observer’s 50 New Radicals. Before founding Year Here, Jack worked at the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation. He has a background in youth leadership, having run Leonard Cheshire Disability’s international internship scheme, adapted the Faking It TV series into an intensive employability programme for unemployed East Londoners and worked as Head of Operations of an HIV/AIDS NGO in Zambia.

Robin Chu

Founder and CEO of CoachBright

Robin is the Founder and CEO of CoachBright – an education business which widens university access for high potential pupils by pairing them up with the best university and graduate coaches. Through 1-1 coaching, their pupils improve their prospects of entering top universities in 3 ways: grades, confidence and expectations.

Robin has also held successful roles as the Development Officer at Year Here and as a Producer and Reporter at the BBC.

Our Strategic Partners

Career Accelerator is supported by a team of Business Advisers who contribute their expertise and professional network to help Career Accelerator develop successfully and positively impact its clients.

Thank you to the the following networks who have helped us set up and scale Career Accelerator.

If you would like to help work with Career Accelerator, please contact Mayur: mayur@careeraccelerator.io