Leading entrepreneur to be keynote speaker at BMet graduation


Birmingham-born entrepreneur and mentoring champion, Joel Blake OBE will deliver the keynote address at BMet’s graduation ceremony for higher education students.  The founder and CEO of Cultiv8 Solutions Ltd and FeeLYX.com, will speak to over 100 students at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 23 November.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more inspirational person to deliver our keynote address this year,” said BMet Principal, Andrew Cleaves.  “His passion for enterprise and innovation, along with his belief in opportunities for all are qualities that will resonate with our graduating students, their guests and future learners embarking on university-level qualifications with us.

“Our graduation ceremony is of course a time for celebration and we know Joel will help make this a memorable occasion for everyone involved.”

After working for advice service, Connexions and starting his first business at aged 21, Joel utilised his wealth of experience in enterprise, diversity and leadership to create leading consultancies, Cultiv8 Solutions and Hot 500, a not for profit peer-learning network for aspiring entrepreneurs and recently launched FinTech company, FeeLYX.com.  He was awarded his OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List 2016 in recognition of his services to business support and enterprise.  Recently he became part of BMet’s governing corporation.

“It’s a real honour for me to formally congratulate these graduating learners as they venture out into the world of industry,” said Joel.  “Their studies will have transformed their lives in many ways.  I look forward to encouraging them to reflect on their learning journey and embrace all future opportunities that come their way.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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