Like to Be, an online networking platform connecting students with professionals for impartial, real world, careers advice, is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs with nearly £200,000 from more than 75 investors. The portal launched the campaign earlier this summer, seeking £150,000.
As previously reported, the network was founded last year by polar explorer, Antony Jinman, who has visited hundreds of schools for polar science workshops throughout the UK. It was revealed:
“We believe that the biggest barrier to young people’s aspirations, is the lack of knowledge and understanding of what career opportunities there are. Pupils, largely depend on parents or teachers for career inspiration, who may themselves lack business or industry experience. LiketoBe is a digital solution, that enables teachers and parents to quickly and efficiently, build networks of professional people and employers, helping young people find their aspirations and answer the question, ‘When I leave school, I’d like to be ..’ For this work, Antony has been awarded an Honorary Degree Doctor of Education from University of the West of England.”
The network’s team also shared:
“Much like Tim Peake (the British Astronaut), via technology; our founder, polar explorer Antony Jinman has engaged live and direct with classrooms while on various expeditions. Instant reaction and subsequent feedback, from teachers and pupils alike, demonstrated that technology represents a wide reaching, penetrative gateway to informing and inspiring young minds. We realized that this could be relevant to any career and throughout a child’s education, starting with primary schoolchildren, by simply asking ‘what would you like to be?’”
All funds from the Seedrs initiative will be used to continue Like to Be’s expansion.
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