ROB REID

Entrepreneur

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

So I was a training and development specialist at NASA. The motivation for joining was looking for something to jump-start my career, even though I liked working at NASA I wanted more opportunity and to create an impact that helps different communities.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

The business I'm launching is about creating something which allows travellers to collaborate and be brought together based on personality types rather than preferences or interests. I'm already doing my research, I'm about to launch my website, we're moving forward!

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

It was really wonderful, working alongside people from different walks of life and learning so much from collaborating with everyone. I now have a lot of direction and insight into where I'm heading. The surprising thing was seeing how everyone was really using each others skills and expertise to help and push each other, I found that to be such an inspiring place to be. The key moment was living and working so closely with people, it was like real innovative to have us all be close all the time. I was surprised that I could form such intimate relationships with everyone and yeah that everyone within an immediate network could be useful for partnering with from a business point of view.

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

If you are currently not happy in your current state, why not take a chance on applying for something that can make you reach a whole new state!