MAE BEUKEBOOM

Entrepreneur

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

Before Uprise I worked for a company in the Netherlands, I'd been working as a buyer. So I'd been travelling a lot all over the world for this company – we bought products from China and then would sell them in shops across the Netherlands.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

After Uprise I went into work, and have been travelling a lot across Asia. I've been heavily focussed on personal growth and now I'm growing my own company focussed on bringing sustainable bamboo products into the European markets.

What was the most surprising thing about your experience with Uprise Academy?

The most surprising thing was the diversity of people you travel with, you work with, you share with – it was very interesting for me because I'd been travelling and working alone always. So to be in this group of 30 people was a real eye opening experience for me. You learn a lot from them.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

The best advice I could give is to just do it. You have to experience it for yourself – to go for it and find out for yourself what you want to create from your life. Find your purpose through this program – you learn a lot from this program and meet a lot of people to create that experience you need.