Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle backs Young Enterprise
Diamond trader and financier makes inspirational speech to 800 at Titanic Belfast
Mending broken surfboards and selling them on to tourists gave the star of Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea Francis Boulle his start in business.
The heart-throb revealed the beachside enterprise as he addressed more than 800 students at a Gala Celebration to mark the success of all the Young Enterprise companies formed and traded over the 2012-2013 academic year at Belfast’s newest tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast.
He said: “My first business, I was about 11 or 12, and it was repairing broken surfboards and selling the on to tourists. I think it is absolutely integral to have a foundation of understanding key business concepts moving forward, not just for the workplace but for creating your own job, creating your own company and potential legacy.
“It is self evident that the children are the future and we should be investing in them as we should be investing in the small and medium sized enterprises out there today.”
He added: ” I am Francis Boulle founder and CEO of fund mine .com and I support Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.”
Francis Maximilien Yvan Christophe Boulle, born 20 October 1988, is a British entrepreneur, best-selling author and cast member of Made in Chelsea.
Of French, Norwegian and Cherokee descent, Francis was born in London but spent most of his childhood living between France and the United States. He completed his secondary school education at The Oratory School and later went on to study Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh and an MA in International Business at Regent’s College London.
Francis began sourcing diamonds for a private client base whilst at boarding school and went on to set up an independent commodity brokerage in his second year of study at the University of Edinburgh. In November 2011, Boulle announced that in response to the lack of current financing options available to SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), he would be launching fundmine.com, a new type of intelligent angel investment platform.
Fundmine.com provides start-ups and SMEs with a solution to securing seed and venture capital online. Through a system developed with the protection of the entrepreneurs’ IP at its core, Fundmine.com provides an environment for entrepreneurs and private companies operating across all sectors to dynamically present their visions to a network of investors.