Arfah Farooq

London, United Kingdom.

I am a collaborator who loves bashing and connecting random ideas to create one big vision that will impact the world in a positive way. Since my school days I’ve always been involved in something “extra” from school council to community projects to becoming a London 2012 Gamesmaker and currently I sit on the Youth Board for the London Development Corporation and I'm Youth Trustee of Spark+Mettle.

I was on the first pilot youth coaching programme run by Spark+Mettle that led me to co-found Discoverables a website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths. Co-founding the platform has led me to secure investment from Big issue invest and Wayra UnLtd where I started my #startupkid journey and worked on on a product called Up: a skills development and feedback tool for businesses and youth organisations.

I’m passionate about empowering young people to discover themselves and build their skills. Currently I'm working as a Marketing Executive at Makers Academy (A 12 week coding bootcamp) that turns n00bs into junior developers.

Beyond the world of startups and technology. I graduated in Media and Communication at Goldsmiths College, University Of London; I love filmmaking, campaigning and once took part in the One and Other project, in which I stood on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for a whole hour.