After returning to the UK Gurjit set-up a digital design business in London with a friend but left after a year as he grew tired of London. His next move was to Mexico to set-up a construction firm, Beyond Boundaries, that aimed to provide skills to Mexican workers whilst in employment. “We built some amazing buildings and helped Mexican workers to improve their own working conditions and skills.
“I hadn’t run a construction business before, but the knowledge I gained from my degree at UWS – HR, sales, marketing, legal and finance gave me the confidence to take it on.”
In 2007, Gurjit returned again to the UK and has been responsible since then for various start-ups, as well as being an ambassador for The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and a mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark. However, it’s TEDxGlasgow that’s occupying most of his time at the moment.
Explains Gurjit: “My mentor Guy Spier put me onto TED as he knows how much I love learning. Having looked into it and realising that no one was organising TEDx events in Scotland and the platform could be leveraged to showcase great ideas and encourage others to challenge and collaborate, I jumped at the chance to get involved and bring it to Scotland. I applied for the license in 2012 and then did a call out for other volunteers to get involved. This was the beginning of an incredible voyage of discovery.”
This year’s TEDxGlasgow event will see twenty thought-provoking, inspirational speakers from astrophysics to medical technology, creativity to autism, genetics to the future of transportation under the theme ‘Rethink‘.
See the full list of speakers at www.TEDxGlasgow.com