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Who we are
and why we exist

BecomingX was set up with one purpose. To create a world where everyone can realise their potential.

Despite being eternal optimists, we are worried. We are worried that many people believe that ‘success’ is about how much money you make, the car you drive or how many likes you get on social media. We are worried that ‘talent’ is seen as some mythical genetic force possessed by the few, rather than the product of determination, hard work and experience. We are worried that our education systems are not adequately preparing young people for the future. Most of all, we are worried that most people do not realise what they are really capable of achieving.

So we've set out to change that. By combining our deep understanding of high performance with the stories and insights from the world's most inspiring and iconic people, we aim to help people understand what it takes to succeed, to raise their aspirations and to build the skills and confidence to realise their potential.

Founders

Paul Gurney - Founder & CEO

Paul is a former senior Director at Accenture Strategy where he spent 15 years focused on helping some of the largest companies in the world with sustainability and social impact. He is a passionate adventurer and has completed two of the toughest races in the world, racing 600km to the Magnetic North Pole and the infamous 270km Marathon des Sables through the Sahara. He has helped raise over $3m for charities focused on building skills and capacity.

Bear Grylls - Founder

Bear Grylls is known worldwide as one of the most recognised faces of survival and adventure. He is a former British Special Forces soldier and one of the youngest climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He has starred in multiple TV series, including Man Vs. Wild which had an estimated TV audience of 1.2 billion viewers. He has won two BAFTAs and written over 90 books which have sold over 20 million copies. He is an Honorary Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos and the first ever Chief Ambassador to the World Scout Organisation.

"Life rewards the dreamers, the go-getters and the resilient. BecomingX helps people to understand what it really takes to succeed and gives them the confidence to get out there and go for it. Every single day."

Bear Grylls, BecomingX co-founder

Sustainability

We knew that to achieve our goal, and to change the narrative of ‘success’, we needed to be different. We had to be an organisation with conscience. With humanity. With purpose. We want to help everyone, not just those that can afford education, which requires a different way of thinking from purely commercial businesses. We needed to be truly sustainable and self-reliant, never leaving something so important down to charitable donations or the whims of sponsors. We’re proud to call ourselves a B Corporation – a company certified to meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact through our films, our education programmes and our charity the BecomingX Foundation. We are the highest scoring education B Corporation in the UK and the second highest in the world.

Our biggest impact will always be through our films, education services and our Foundation, but we also recognise our role as environmental stewards. We have committed to being 'Carbon positive' and removing 100% more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit ourselves through our operations. It's small in the grand scheme, but as we have learned from our research, it's the cumulative impact of many small things that results in truly world-class performance. We want to be part of the solution and we hope our example will encourage other organisations to join us.

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