Jolt x YSYS Explained.

Jolt offers scholarships to members of YSYS as part of a collaboration between the two communities.

On May 21st 2019 we announced to the world our Scholarships Scheme in collaboration with YSYS, however, it was months before that the conversations about this began. 

Prior to Jolt’s UK Launch in London, back in January 2019, we were introduced to the fantastic James Frewin who began teaching at Jolt. James introduced us to the community that is YSYS, after we’d been following their journey as a team for a while. 

YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story) is a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, investors and more on a mission to make a difference. At YSYS, they know that amazing things can happen when people start sharing ideas and collaborating.  The YSYS community is a space for people with shared values, interested in launching a startup, joining a team or building a diverse and inclusive culture. Together, YSYS support accelerators, incubators, venture capitalists, startups, not-for-profits, universities and corporates on initiatives which foster diversity, inclusion and social change. 

As leaders in their field of creating an incredible community, fighting for causes they believe in, and nurturing impressive talent preventing it from becoming undervalued, YSYS was a community we knew we wanted to collaborate with. They share our values in terms of making things happen, getting incredible people together in a room, and the importance of social change and inclusivity. It was a no-brainer for us at Jolt to bring on board some of their finest community members, into our very new community as we launched in London. 

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The Scholarships Scheme was an idea worked out between Jolt and YSYS to provide, originally five, of their members access to Jolt for 6 months. The applications came in thick and fast when the whole idea was launched, and the standard of them so high we selected seven, not five applications to be brought on as official YSYS Scholarship holders at Jolt. 

As members, they will not just be given exclusive access to the Jolt Not An MBA® programme, but they will become core figures of the Jolt community, emulating what they have created in the YSYS community, into ours. Just one-month into the scholarship scheme, they have collected attended over 90 hours of learning, written a total of 1 blog post about Jolt and the difference it is making, and helped us bring 1 community-led initiative to life. We cannot wait to see where these incredible members of the community help us navigate yet, and we have a lot to gain from their being here. 

So, with no further ado, please meet the incredibly talented Jolt x YSYS Scholarship students.

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Bami Kuteyi

Founder of BamBamBoogie

Instagram 12.5K followers

As Founder of BamBamBoogie, London’s confidence-inspiring dance, fitness class subscription and club, Bami has inspired her 2,000 members to twerk their way to feeling sensational about their bodies. Bami started her career in banking, before moving to Google as a Digital Strategist and then going on to start BamBamBoogie. Bambamboogie is not only customer-facing but also holds dance and confidence classes for employee’s, with business customers such as Google, Stripe, Shopify and Facebook. BamBamBoogie was approved as an enterprise in 2018 and has since launched with instructors all around Europe. Bami regularly speaks at events about growing an international business enterprise. 

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Jaz Broughton

A proud multi-passionate entrepreneur working full-time in tech as a Customer Success Manager at MixPanel & spending all other hours as a Life coach, London Startup bookclub co-creator & podcaster (The Palm Podcast out on all platforms). I have had an interesting journey since graduating in 2012 til now. I have a millennial CV often moving jobs in the pursuit of knowledge, challenge and qualifications which has formed my background in hospitality, real estate and now tech. I am obsessed with humans 24/7 in both my roles, I seek and create opportunities to empower, train, challenge and inspire my clients as a customer success manager and also during 1:1 coaching and group coaching scenarios. My podcast was birthed out of my desire to remind people of their journey's which are often dismissed as business as usual. To remind them that the wisdom they carry is valuable to the person slightly behind or alongside them and deserves to be shared.

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Ibiere Banigo

Ibiere is the poster girl for the facts that 80% of people that work in tech, are not ‘techies’. Ibiere originally studied Psychology with the hope of becoming a practising psychologist. However, technology grabbed Ibiere’s heart after completing a Product management internship with the awesome company Eve Sleep. Ibiere fell in love with the idea of building products and moved onto be a Junior Product Manager where she was in charge of not only navigating developers, testers and designers but also imagining new features that would be tested and created. It was here where Ibiere was empowered and starting thinking about using her skills to create something that would help and support thousands of young people across the UK. Ibiere started Zootown in 2016 whilst enrolled to the Code First Girls UK coding course with a mission to help young people all over the UK.  Tackling the devastating unemployment rate amongst school leavers and university students in the UK, Zootown using machine learning to build the first Upwork/Linkedin for young people. Zootown will give students the opportunity to 1, create a digital CV that will be reviewed by employers and 2. Receive pay for their role straight into the bank account as the role is finished ad finally 3. Give higher institutions and apprenticeship bodies access to information that will help them provide better opportunities to their target audience. The platform aims to be able to connect employers to an array of self-starting and skilled candidates, to fill positions they desperately need entry-level candidates to fill. 

Read more  about Ibiere’s company, Zootown, here

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Alice Revel

Alice is the definition of self-made. Alice funded herself through education her entire life, working as a cleaner through high school, holding down four jobs while studying at UCL and after finding nothing but unpaid work on graduating, Alice started a very successful online magazine, which enabled her to do a journalism internship in Italy. Alice set up Reading in Heels 18 months ago, which has become the Ampersand Book Co - and now comprises three-book subscription brands shipping to thousands of customers every month. Alice has got big, big plans (new products, events, new brands and more), and their growth numbers (customers and cash) are impressive. Reading in Heels has won awards, launched a podcast, partnered with the likes of Bloom & Wild and been on ITV, Evening Standard, The Independent and many more.

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Zainab Khan

Campaign Lead #TrailblazingMuslimWomen

Zainab works for in Digital/Social for Creative business JOINT in London. Zainab has previously worked in tech in operations and community management for e-commerce and fin-techs. Zainab started the hashtag #TrailblazingMuslimWomen which has reached over 2 million people and saw features in The Times, Campaign, Buzzfeed, Stylist and Amaliah.com. Zainab was named one of Pitch’s 100 superwomen in 2018 and received a special mention in Campaign x Creative Equals Future Creative Leaders 2018.    


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Hanna Adan

Hanna is a freelance assistant producer working across different platforms to tell untold stories. Hanna has spent the majority of her time at the BBC in all three areas, television, radio and online. Hanna teaches a workshop with the BBC about how to engage young and diverse audiences. Hanna is currently working on a VR piece with the BBC and has previously worked with Vice. 


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Muhammad Malik

Muhammad is a speaking and start-up coach, after launching many startups and initiatives, including Ramadan Legacy. Founded in 2014, is an award-winning education organisation. Our mission is to use design thinking and technology, to create learning experiences that empower people for the month of Ramadan. During an initial phone call, Muhammad expressed his passion for becoming a student a Jolt and the connection was instant. A natural community leader, he’s exactly the kind of person we are looking for, with a huge passion for product management and a humble approach to learning, Muhammad is bringing a lot to the Jolt community already in terms of vibes and passion! 

Who needs coffee capsules when there’s ice cream?

Every March for over three decades, the SXSW Conference has been held in Austin. The conference has three fun focuses: music, cinema and innovation. At the last conference, LG unveiled a machine that produces fresh ice cream based on your preferences. Just like a Nespresso machine.

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You insert two different capsules into the machine: one for flavour, and one for texture. Because you may prefer a sorbet-esque texture while your friend wants a softer ice creamy/frozen yoghurty texture.

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Each capsule has a QR code so the machine knows exactly what you want. The sensor automatically scans this code and the machine starts the process of making your tasty treat. 

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I know what you’re thinking:

1. Why on earth do we have an office coffee machine when we could have an office ice cream machine?

2. Why didn’t I develop this magic and make the world a better place to live?

We can't offer you ice cream, but we can off you skills that will make you think creatively and develop the next big thing.

Because when businesses act like startups, they come out with delicious things… like ice cream machines.  

Jolt. Teaching startup business.


An HIV-resistant baby in China?

In a controversial experiment conducted by a Chinese scientist named Ha Jiankui, a genetic edit on a twin genome was performed. During this process they deleted the CCR5 gene, which is considered essential in the process of HIV virus infiltration into the blood cells. 

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The result: The baby cannot be infected with HIV and can transmit immunity to her offspring as well.

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In recent years there has been tremendous progress in the human ability to manipulate genetic code, mainly thanks to a scientific tool known as CRISPR. However, genetic editing is considered prohibited in most countries and not just for ethical reasons. Our knowledge is not yet great enough to know that the changes we make to the genetic code won’t cause harmful effects further down the line.

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In his book, Homo Deus, Yuval Harari refers to what lies ahead in the future of human creation. 'At first they will resist it, but then the medical argument will come. To cure and prevent serious illnesses, it will be easy to convince the public to make changes to the genetic code and this will lead to talk. Gradually we will just get to the stage where planning a baby is perceived as legitimate.

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It is still unclear where the world is going, and how we will deal with these moral dilemmas. What is certain is that new advances in the genetic field are going to affect the pharmaceutical industry, our health, our longevity - and therefore many different industries directly and indirectly. Such changes create new opportunities, which can infiltrate content at the right time, can affect millions of people and create new business or products.

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Businesses that want to be in the right time and place to take advantage of such opportunities need to know how to move fast. Take risks. Experiment with new things, new products, new audiences. In short, they should act like a startup. 

Jolt. Teaching startup business. 

We live in the future, but how’s your memory?

Every February the the world's largest mobile exhibition is held in Barcelona. And every year they make dramatic announcements about mobile computing.

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In 2005, SanDisk invented a new standard called microSD. It’s a tiny memory card that can be integrated into dozens of different mobile devices from camera to smartphone, music player or tablet. The first memory cards created were 32 or 64 MB in size. Which was a huge volume for such a tiny chip, in those days. 

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Just one year later (2006) they then surprised the industry with a 4GB (!) Card with a $100 price tag.

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This year, SanDisk unveiled a 1TB microSD memory card. That’s a greater memory than most laptops sold today. The price, by the way, opens at $450, but can go as low as $100.

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Advances in technology are happening exponentially and changing the world we live in. Including the business world. Things that seemed "delusional and futuristic" a few year sago seem "easy and simple" now. Businesses cannot rest on their laurels anymore, they must adapt to these rapid changes. There is one way to do this - adopt the startup method. 

Jolt. Teaching startup business.  


Can a no-meat burger be juicy?

Have you heard of Impossible Foods? A company founded by an American scientist named Professor Patrick Brown that’s raised over $ 370 million to date from leading funds including Google Ventures.

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Brown's idea is simple and ingenious. Every food is made of certain molecules which can be isolated and produced differently. Brown began to decompose the separate elements of different meats into molecules and then replicated them using plant-based materials.

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The result? In 2016, the company unveiled the Impossible Burger, a vegetarian patty that needs less than 95% of the land and 74% less water than it’s meat counterpart. The new burger contains more protein, much less fat and zero cholesterol.

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And they didn’t stop there, two months ago startup company launched the Impossible Burger 2.0, which is tastier, juicier and more nutritious – featuring 30% less sodium and 40% less saturated fat than the previous version. And it’s much closer to real meat than ever before.

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And yes, he is kosher and that means the cheeseburger version is kosher too.

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“It was really wonderful and met the craving I had since turning veggie. The feeling I wanted was the joy that comes with a warm, fatty and salty burger wrapped in an amazing brioche bun, pickles, sauces, salad and cheese. This definitely had that naughty, fatty taste and texture I was looking for." says Juliet Sears, a BBC GoodFood journalist. Impossible Burger is available in over 3,000 restaurants and food chains across the US and Hong Kong.

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This Startup is about to change how we eat, and the fate of billions of animals on earth. How will this affect McDonalds? And the fast food industry as a whole? What will it do to the huge meat markets? Trillion-dollar industries need to change. Adopt the new, and give up the old. And they will have to do it sooner rather than later. There is only one way to make those changes quickly - adopt the startup method. 

Jolt. Teaching startup business.

The Apple Founder you've never heard of (and he doesn't care you haven't)

Everyone remembers Steve Jobs, a few Steve Woznick, but hardly anyone remembers that Apple had a third founder. 

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Apple was founded in 1976 by three entrepreneurs: one was a man with a rather sharp business sense named Steve Jobs, the other was a gifted technical man named Steve Woznick, and the third was appended to Apple because the first two were seamstresses at the time. And they needed a responsible adult who understood some business. 

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Jobs hired Wayne to Apple right at the beginning, but like any startup, Apple also got into trouble early on. They pledged to provide 100 computers to a store, and delivered them late. Since Apple had taken a loan to manufacture the computers and Wayne feared the money would not come, he decided to retire.

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Wayne redeemed his remaining ten percent for $1,500 and his flirtation with Apple ended two weeks after it started. How much was that 10% worth at the end of 2018? Glad you asked - about $ 100 billion. Had things been different, Wayne could be rated as one of the 5 richest people in the world today.

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Apple was built using the startup system, with people who believed that the way people live could be changed. They took part in the revolution that caused everyone to buy a personal computer at home, and years later, put a smartphone in their pocket. Apple has left computing giants that were 50 to 100 years old for dust, and competitors who haven't moved at its pace have crumbled. In a world where competition in business is challenging, businesses must move quickly and creatively. Like startups. 

Jolt. Teaching startup business. 

World’s richest man? Five facts you don’t already know

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Jeff Bezos' mother gave birth to him at 17, while still in high school. She later married a Cuban immigrant, which is where the surname Bezos comes from.

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His first job during high school was at McDonald's.

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Jeff founded Amazon in 1993 as an online bookstore store. The original name of the brand was "Cadabra"- he changed it when his lawyer misheard it as “cadaver”. For the new name Bezos wanted a simple and clear name that started with A (so it would appear at the top of phone books). He chose Amazon after the Amazon river - the largest river in the world.

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In January 2019 it was revealed the Bezos couple were divorcing after 25 years of marriage. Under the agreement Jeff will hold 75% of their capital And his ex-wife Mackenzie will hold 25%

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Jeff Bezos is considered the richest man in the world, valued at $150 billion. Producing the most expensive series in history: Game of Thrones, for all 8 seasons, is estimated to be about half a billion dollars.


And now for the really interesting part: If you had invested $100 in Amazon the day it was issued (1997) - how much do you think they’d be worth to you today?

The answer: $ 120,000 as of August 2018.

Bezos built his startup empire and won over businesses aged 50 and 100. He built products, adapted them to changing markets, and never stopped innovating and reinventing his business - every year. The only way to survive in today's business world is to think and act like a startup. Even when you're one of the world's biggest companies.

Jolt. Teaching Startup Business.

Introducing Jolt 3.0: A business programme for the self-made

It's time to deliver classes that give you a true competitive advantage, not just a diploma. Classes that are packed full of practical, implementable tips. That give real value while you learn. That don’t force you to go in debt and put your life on pause, but, rather, supercharges your life from the offset. Today, we’re proud to announce we’ve set up that programme.

Wait. Since when did school have versions? And what's new in the new version?


In today’s business world, every product or service is constantly being updated. Upgraded. Released on repeat. Because every product—even a school—needs to constantly improve and offer the highest possible value to its users (in this case, students). The world moves fast and tech moves even quicker. And as a result? Business schools have to change, adjust and adapt according to the needs of its students, industry and climate.

What should be updated exactly?

What shouldn’t? Put simply, everything educational needs a rewrite.

Classes need to match what the market needs now, in 2019, not what was needed in 2017 or in 2005 or otherwise. Teachers need more up-to-date material that actually serves students. (Jolt students give feedback after each lesson and rate, so we know in real time what the level of the lesson was and how much they felt it had value). And the schools themselves need to be powered by technology. At Jolt, tech is at the core of everything we do: from the moment you apply, to our Eyelevel software providing the interactive experience in the room itself and beyond.

What we’ve worked on so far (briefly)

A year and a half ago, we opened our first campus on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. With queues stretching around the block, our launch event showed just how many people are looking for a real alternative to higher education.

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Due to popular demand, we opened our second campus a few months later in Israel’s tallest building, the Azrieli Sarona Tower. There, too, several hundred people arrived. Next in line was our campus in London’s Shoreditch.

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It seemed that Londoners also wanted to learn in a way that suited their lifestyle (and soon we’re opening our second campus there in Soho). Cue press coverage in the Financial Times, Forbes, Evening Standard and the BBC.

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So what was Jolt 2.0?

About six months ago, we launched the second iteration of Jolt, which included a number of major changes to our school:

- Much deeper content, in the form of mini-courses (four consecutive sessions)

- Accumulation of points after each lesson / workshop / mini-course

- Adding new and relevant content that the students asked us to bring

- Mini-diplomas - which are given at the end of practical workshops

- Significant features in the field of networking (super-important for our students) - such as the ability to chat with everyone you have studied with at Jolt, the ability to give your fellow students chirps for great contributions and more.

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How did we know what to improve?

We’re building Jolt for our community, with our community.

To better understand them, we interviewed dozens of students in both London and Tel Aviv. We also interviewed those who left us to get the whole truth. Hundreds of hours of studies and interviews later, and we gained an incredibly clear idea of exactly what our students need to gain a competitive advantage: the skills, the content, the networking.

We also talked with people from HR professionals from companies of all sizes, with CEOs, and read every possible study on the future of work. But we won’t stop there. Not now, not ever. On the contrary, we continue to measure everything possible: how satisfied our students are, how long it takes them to get to campus, how appropriate our curriculum is.

And here we are, half a year later, with a lot of insights, data, and an updated vision. Drumroll, please...

Jolt 3.0: School of Business Administration, for people who build themselves by themselves

We understand our students better than ever. These are people who don’t wait for the world to fix them. They build themselves by themselves for themselves. Some are salaried and some are independent. They teach themselves new things in the workplace, and outside work. They’re not afraid of change. They know change is opportunity.

Jolt 3.0. Like an MBA, but smarter.

We’ve all been there. That career-defining moment when you wonder: “well, what’s next?”. This is the point when many people start considering an MBA. But the kicker is that MBAs are expensive, force you to put your life on pause and are, by and large, pretty outdated.

Take statistics, for example. Why should someone who wants to advance their career need to learn statistics?! If you’re not a data scientist, why would you force yourself to learn things you don’t need. We did enough of that in school, right?

When we decided what classes would be in our curriculum, we didn’t go to look at what’s happening elsewhere. Instead, we checked what the industry really needs, and worked backwards from there.

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Jolt 3.0 - A curriculum you won’t be dying to finish

Remember the last time you studied something? Chances are, you were dying to finish it. Our challenge is to do the opposite: to create a programme where the process itself is the focus. Sure, the diploma you’ll receive at the end will show the world that you’re ambitious and have studied with us, but the main, most important goal is that you’ll accumulate new skills every week. Practical skills. That you can use tomorrow morning at work. And it’s not the diploma that’ll impress your next boss, but the fact that you’re actually taking the initiative to upskill, consistently.

It’s time for a curriculum that gives you a competitive advantage, not just a diploma. New skills that give tangible value without putting you in debt or forcing you to put your life on pause. A programme that, instead, accelerates your life and puts you in the top 5% of your industry. We’re proud to say that Not an MBA is that programme.

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We're sharing the stories + career hacks of some of London's brightest minds 🎉

Meet James.

James is a Creative director, designer + ambassador at Google for startups. He's the next instalment in our Career Stories series, showcasing London's best + brightest minds.

"My career hack? Reach out to people. People are way more willing to help than you think."💡

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#AlwaysBeLearning: Meet Lizzy, Former Google Employee + Marketing Director

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Meet Lizzy.

She's worked at Google, led marketing for a variety of startups, always had a side hustle, and is a *perfect* example of how the best careers are so often unplanned.💡
 "It's ok to be a creative thinker. You can add value in a lot of different places."

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#AlwaysBeLearning: Meet Regina, Government Advisor + Millennial Boss

Introducing our new video series, #AlwaysBeLearning.

We're sharing the stories + career hacks of some of London's brightest minds 🎉 First up, meet Regina. Government advisor. Community builder. Millennial boss.

@reginaoladipo_'s story represents everything we believe in at Jolt: hard work pays off, education is key + accountability partners are *always* a smart move. 💯 

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