With a passion for empowering people and solving complex problems, Bejay’s vision is expansive – with the aim of creating experiences which fundamentally change people’s lives. His entrepreneurial journey has demonstrated impact upon the wider community, shown in the constant stream of honours he receives and prominent features across the UK, through social media promotion and industry outreach. Bejay is a prolific international speaker, sharing his expertise and insight with thousands of people across the globe across the private and public sector spaces alike.
Dissatisfied with the teaching and pedagogy of business studies in the classroom environment, Bejay convinced his school to allow him and friends to run a tuck shop in order to gain first-hand experience of the theory being taught in the classroom. Supa Tuck made over £15,000 in their first academic year. Realising the beneficial impact of the program in educating students in business, the model was franchised and scaled. Within three years, the program reached over 5,000 young people across 100 schools leading it to be featured in Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise For All’ report in 2014.
Supa Academy organised a number of pre-event workshops and seminars, targeted towards the successful running of the Supa Market. These included an e-commerce workshop run in tandem with River Island, an omnichannel retail masterclass developed with Accenture, a pop-up shop run in Old Street Tube Station, a Supa Wired music programme held at Concrete in Shoreditch, a River Island pop-up shop at BoxPark; all of which culminated in the Supa Market Hack event in July. As well as enticing over 500 young people to attend and run the event, it also featured seminars held by Marc Allera (CEO, EE), Ben Lewis (CEO, River Island), Fraser Doherty (Founder, Super Jam), Emily Brooke (Blaze Bikes), Helen Smythe (SMB EMEA at Facebook), and Frank Meehan (SparkLabs and SmartUp). Following the success of Supa Market, Bejay launched his organisation Supa Talent, and built Supa Network, which connects young talent with the employers that need them by closing the skills gap and supporting young talent’s entrepreneurial ambitions.
Bejay has also gone on to further extend his impact and outreach through the organizing of enterprise events and seminars, attracting thousands of young people throughout the year. Working with partners such as Facebook, Makerversity, TrueStart, Enterprise Nation and Barclays, Bejay sought to continually educate young people on entrepreneurialism. It is Bejay’s passion and drives which enables him to continue to reach out to the younger generation and help them tap into their potential and demonstrate it to the wider business community.
Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion 2016
The 100 Most Connected Men in Britain 2016
Retail Entrepreneur of the Year (2015 Shortlist)
Social Enterprise (UK) Entrepreneur of the year (2015 Shortlist)
Recipient of Grow It Award