With 2018 just around the corner, it felt like the perfect opportunity to take a look back on our Members of the Month and celebrate the amazing work we are lucky enough to witness here at Launch22. We are proud to welcome a scope of talent and hard workers into our space and assist with their business journey in any way we can. So without further ado, here is a roundup of the members we couldn’t help but shout about in 2017.
Back in February we spoke to photographer and business owner, Tim Collins. His Amsterdam based company takes visitors and locals on photography tours of Amsterdam, introducing them to new and interesting locations in the city. Amsterdam Photo Safari has been featured in National Geographic’s 2017 Cool List and Tim’s own portfolio includes fashion, lifestyle and subcultures.
Next up was Jackson of Newsham Media. After an accidental stint as a search optimisation marketing assistant during his placement year at University, Jackson decided to pursue a career in digital marketing. He soon took the plunge and opened his own business, working with brands to help improve their online marketing platform and direct traffic to them efficiently.
James Pulver, founder of Spacesweets, sat down with us in April to talk about his business and plans for the future. Spacesweets specialises in 3D interactive floor plans and their slogan is to bring potential visitors straight to your door. James also works in creating content focused events using different digital formats to ensure a quality experience for all. He says that working for himself allows him to ‘offer more ideas, instead of being a passenger on someone else’s journey.’
May’s Member of the Month was Dan Holden. He talked to us about his business, D2U Coaching, which offers mentoring for academics in business to help plan their next career steps. Dan also hosts events such as HiPy in the City to teach the programming language, Python, and works part time at University of Liverpool as a postdoctoral researcher.
Halfway through the year, we spoke to Peter and Michelle from Impakt. It’s no surprise that they were one of our Members of the Month in 2017. Impakt are an adaptive design and artwork agency, heavily involved with retailer food packaging and retailer brands. You can find the team busily working away on a number of projects over in our fixed desk space. It’s been a pleasure to witness their business grow and expand during their time here at Launch22.
Heading into the summer months, we sat down with Chris Bradley to discuss his business and what advice he has for startups. Chris co-founded Publicate, a curation publishing platform for businesses to create email newsletters and web round ups from content they find online, which we use at Launch22! Chris advises startups to focus on their customers and also works with large businesses on the side to help their products become more customer centric.
It only felt right to dedicate August to the Launch22 mascot, Chip. Taking the decision to social media, we asked our followers to retweet us if they thought we should purchase the giant bear. Thanks to the power of social media, we welcomed Chip to the Launch22 family.
In September we introduced you to Bismark Djima who has launched his own shoe brand, Djima London, specialising in men’s loafers. Bismark has always had a passion for shoes and has worked hard to create the perfect designs that represent his specific style. On the Launch22 scholarship programme, Bismark benefited from attending our events, networking, and mentoring from our marketing specialist, Neil Donald.
Our Member of the Month for October was David Ollerhead of DigitalXRAID (DXR), a cyber security consultancy. David was invited to join DXR as their Business Development Manager. Working alongside digital and creative industries here at Launch22, David has made many of our members think twice about the way they design their systems in order to protect their personal details online.
Chatting with Alice Griffin in November, she shared her journey from working as a Content Editor for a travel startup in London, to starting her own freelance business. Alice writes and edits online content for brand’s blogs and digital magazines, as well as print pieces. She helps companies find their voice and enhance communication across their online platforms.
Last but not least, Louise Davison was our final Member of the Month for 2017. Louise works for The Hearing Lab and with a company called Conquer Life, for which she has helped launch a youth project called VIBE. The project aims to create a great community and raise ambitions for young people in Bootle through fun projects. She has done some amazing work to help empower young people in a number of ways, from mental health and lifestyle to aspirations and creativity.