Jan Winum

Entrepreneur and Social Innovator in Denmark

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I guess you can say my entrepreneurial career started at age 8 when I started washing windows for people.

I formally started third year in high school and experimented through my career doing things like copywriting, surveys for local businesses and public relations work securing clients press coverage.

All until I found myself giving speeches and hosting workshops after having helped a Danish serial entrepreneur increase revenue by 50% on one of his product.

He went out and vouched for me and things blew up. Yay.

But then I lost it all and developed a mental illness.

The following years was quite a journey of half suffering and half huge personal break throughs where a key element for me was to heal childhood trauma.

I worked through it with personal development and what I call cognitive self therapy. Basically working with my mind.

Out of the blue I then got an opportunity to come back big with my business. I was talking to a potential client who told he was looking for funding. The next day I ran into a guy who said he helped people get funding for their business, and that he would pay me huge commissions for introducing someone. So I connected the two and started counting the $$$.

It turned out to be a shady set up and I ended up exposed on the internet in an super hurtful article connecting me to this as someone who found people who would be tricked.

This was a complete identity crisis as I see myself as a caring person and now there was an article about me that incriminated me and told the world I was a bad person.

This could have been a new set back but I decided this time to use it as fuel instead.

And it reconnected me to my values and what I want to be remembered for.

With my values at heart I am now back stronger than ever super driven to make a positive difference.

I do that now with the project The Game which is a project that - through gamification - is connecting people to opportunities. I do this by running FB ads and connecting people manually - all on performance basis.

The ultimate vision with The Game is to create an actual game as fun to play as FIFA on the Playstation - but with real life consequences like getting connected to awesome opportunities and a bigger bank account.

Once I earned the credibility the plan is to do a live show in The Game where I help someone come up with an idea for, and start, a business live on air.

On the side of creating The Game, I work at a refugee center where I am a mentor for young refugees.

/Winum :)