Ep 74 – A Group of Friends Walk Into a Bar

Ep 74 - A Group of Friends Walk Into a Bar

What do you get when you cross a generous group of mates, a killer panache for numbers, and a passion for change? Dave Sherwood’s first entrepreneurial conquest, Teach Learn Grow. In this episode, Dave Sherwood reveals the story behind starting and growing two educational initiatives and the challenges he faced as an entrepreneur. Dave Sherwood is a 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 listee and the founder of Teach Learn Grow and BibliU. 

Dave Sherwood

As a country boy in a big city, Dave was always aware of the growing educational chasm between the metropolitan and regional areas. Instead of resting on his laurels, Dave decided to close the gap with the resources he had: a generous bunch of mates and a penchant for making numbers work. 

What started as a group of friends tutoring rural students evolved into Teach Learn Grow, a thriving organisation with over 500 volunteers helping thousands of students reach their educational potential. This first dip into the pool of entrepreneurship wasn’t enough though; Dave knew he could create something that would revolutionise the educational platform.

Enter: BibliU, an educational content platform providing students with all the educational content they need at any time. Think Spotify for books. Since its inception, BibliU has raised over $4m in capital and has partnered with major publishers and universities across the EU and the US. 

In this episode, Dave reveals the story behind starting two successful education initiatives, the challenges he faced when scaling his organisation, and how to surround ourselves with the right people.

Street Cred:

Dave Sherwood is a Rhodes Scholar and the CEO of BibliU, an educational content platform that makes learning more effective. He was also the founder of Teach Learn Grow, a volunteer program that offers free tuition and mentoring to rural and Indigenous students in primary schools. In 2019, Dave was honoured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Highlight Reel:

How Dave started Teach Learn Grow [9:11]

How we can become better on assessing ourselves [17:20]

Dave’s advice for people who struggle to commit to a decision [29:26]

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