Keith Mabbutt (2 September 2015)

After an injury ended his football career, Keith Mabbutt dusted up his CV and began job hunting. His entrepreneurial journey had begun. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after graduating and this single “problem” drove him to set up his own micro online graduate recruitment business in 2002. 7 years later, he sold the business to a multi-million-pound recruitment company.

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In 2014, he launched The Grad Factor, similar to The X Factor but for Higher Education entrepreneurs. So rather than people coming up to sing, they pitched their businesses, in the hope of winning seed funding. Most recently he has formed StartUp Factor Limited, which helps any type of entrepreneur, whether a Higher 500 Internal Server Error

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student or not. StartUp Factor is the parent group company of The Grad Factor and it is the Grad Factor brand within the group that focuses entirely on helping support students.

One of Keith’s key points was to be objective. Amidst the passion, always ask yourself: Would you buy your service? If not, then do away with it.  He advised everyone to learn from unsuccessful ideas, aim high, and “maKEITHappen”.

Based on a report by Biobele Oyibo