Aaron Wheeldon is helping new University audiences profit from Future Worlds’ entrepreneurial activities and advice in an ever growing Marketing and Events role within the incubator’s core team. He is building experience at the platform while undertaking a BSc in International Relations at the University of Southampton. Aaron enjoys finding creative solutions to business problems and is using this approach in developing a new marketing plan looking to engage the next generation of student entrepreneurs this autumn.
He was raised on the Isle of Wight and opted for nearby Southampton after exploring a range of options for higher education. His focus was drawn to the social sciences and an International Relations degree, which applies the skills of his favoured subject of English to a stimulating new topic. “International Relations is giving me a specific lens through which to view the world,” he says. “Learning new theories, such as realism or liberalism, has made me view everyone’s decisions differently.”
Aaron gained his first experience of work at the Isle of Wight’s Royal Yacht Squadron, one of the world’s most preeminent yacht clubs which celebrated its bicentenary in 2015. “It’s a very rewarding work that pushes you to take on responsibility and build leadership skills,” he explains. “It’s taught me a lot about time management, dealing with stress and working in a team.”
At Future Worlds, Aaron is contributing to the platform’s growing marketing and events strategy, seeking to engage with new people across the University that can benefit from the platform’s increasing offering. “My typical day can be very varied,” he says, “jumping between different jobs, interviewing people, supporting filming and conducting market research. I’m really enjoying the role because it’s allowing me to speak to so many different people.”
Aaron’s creative marketing plan will take effect in September 2017. “I’m looking to build our understanding of the people who engage with Future Worlds, what they do and don’t like, so we can better serve them through our future activities,” he explains.
“Future Worlds is an excellent opportunity because it’s so unique across the country. It’s great to have this network that can help entrepreneurs reach their potential. Before finding Future Worlds, I wasn’t aware of all the startups and spinouts that are coming out of the University. I’ve been really impressed by that range and have been inspired to help more entrepreneurs start on their own journeys.”
“If you’re a student or University society interested in getting more involved with Future Worlds then do get in touch,” Aaron says. You can reach Aaron using the contact form on this page.
Beyond his marketing duties, Aaron is helping devise new events and creating innovative new content for futureworlds.com. “I got involved with Future Worlds because I really like its ethos,” he says. “It is propelling University entrepreneurs onto bigger and better things. Hopefully, I can do that myself and build the skills that can lead to a best possible career.”