We believe that entrepreneurs are not “born” but are created by their life experiences, life lessons and personal learnings. An entrepreneur is simply someone who has seen an opportunity and believes that the associated risks are potentially manageable to the point that success can be achieved. Often their opinion of their opportunity or visions are so great that on realisation that their belief is so unquenchable, they take the step to do something about it. In doing so the entrepreneur is born!
We salute these brave people whom have the courage of their convictions to turn their dreams into a reality.
Today, we live in a world where not only is a “job for life” a distant memory known mainly by an older generation, but a career within the same industry or job type is becoming less and less obvious daily.
In our global society, where modern communications and the world wide web have broken down so many social, economic and commercial barriers, there has never been a better time for entrepreneurs to thrive!
The Entrepreneur Academy was the brainchild of our founder, a serial entrepreneur and businessman, Nicholas Clarkin.
While looking for investment opportunities himself, he came across many budding entrepreneurs and high potential companies that were sadly either too small or lifestyle focussed to suit his investment portfolio. That said, they were often good people with great ideas and excellent experience in their specific fields. Nick believed that inspite of their industry excellence, he felt in most cases they would benefit from some experienced commercial guidance and coaching.
Whilst spending time on such early stage ventures on a one-on-one basis was impractical, he found himself gathering groups of entrepreneurs together to cover generic commercial topics that were universally relevant such as time management, leadership skills, strategic planning or sales and marketing. Today providing this guidance is the Entrepreneur Academys core purpose!
The Entrepreneur Academy, while still spearheaded by Nick, also utilises the skill-sets of other industry experts who feel as passionate about supporting commerce, industry and entrepreneurial initiatives as he does.
Should you feel you may benefit from our syndicated learning groups, please do feel free to get in touch.
We deliver our programmes through lectures, syndicated learning groups, executive coaching sessions and classroom based learning. As individuals you would be invited to join learning groups with other active entrepreneurs. Programmes are designed so that while you learn from our experiences and teachings you will also learn from one another. These like minded individuals can be an invaluable group of allies as you share your growth experiences together.
On completion of your course, you join our alumni of graduates gaining access to an inspiring network of individuals, via our free evening seminars and bi-annual alumni events that are intended not only to provide ongoing support but encourage continual growth and development throughout your journey.
Entrepreneur, Speculator, Investor, Consultant and Strategist. Nick has founded, invested and developed numerous profitable and successful international businesses. He has successfully “exited” numerous multi-million pound businesses across the US, Europe and Asia. He has helped strategically consult, advise, develop and restructure both listed and private company boards. He has advised, coached and mentored numerous Directors, CEO’s and business owners (both personally and commercially). Nick Clarkin is currently a Non-Exec, Consultant, Coach, Investor and Chairman in numerous companies including, Recruitment, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Investment to name a few.
Nick' background - After University in Birmingham, Nick moved to London and started his career as a marketing officer for Marriott Hotels. From here he moved to the City where he spent a brief stint as an oil broker. After using a Headhunter to look for a new job, he fell into headhunting himself. This led him swiftly onto founding (and ultimately exiting) international banking headhunting company, Carrington Fox. Carrington Fox became one of the most successful international executive level recruitment and search companies for many of the leading global Financial Institutions and Investment Banks, with established offices in London, New York, Hong-Kong, Dubai and Singapore.
Further adventure followed in the form of other early stage investments in recruitment, financial service, professional services and various IT companies.
During his tenure as CEO of the Palmarium Group, Nick constantly used Business Advisors, Executive Coaches and Non-Executive Directors to assist himself and his management team develop their own ideas and skill sets. Today Nick has a private portfolio of investments within established, early stage and start-up SME’s. His real love is supporting business owners and management teams to achieve their true potential; for themselves!
Nick lives between London and Berkshire with his wife and has four wonderful children.