94% OF ALUMNI ARE IN ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREERS

Since we launched in 2017 our outcomes have changed with the upgrades we’ve made to our programs. But our aim has always been to give people the skills and mindset to take ownership of their careers.


Our Alumni have gone on to carve out careers full of meaning, growth & autonomy. Some have founded companies and movements – and others have gone on to work for purpose-driven startups, tech companies, or founded freelance careers.
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SOME OF THE COMPANIES FOUNDED

SOCIAL IMPACT TOY SHOP

PHIL, 32 years old, Australia
Kupendo Kids, founded by 2018 alumni Phil, sells ethically sourced handcrafted toys. They share the joy that toys and books bring to children with those that need it most. It is Kupendo’s mission to become the world’s number one social impact toy shop and deliver over 1 million toys to disadvantaged children in Africa and around the world by the year 2022.

Creative Full Service Agency

TIFF, 25 years old, Australia
Founded by 2017 alumni Tiff, Anytiffng is a social storytelling company that delivers full service management of social strategy to values-based businesses. The company specializes in paid media, influencer strategy and community management.

Ethical fashion brand

DIEGO, 23 years old, South Africa
Founded by 2018 alumni, Utamu is an ethical fashion brand that celebrates craftsmanship and supports children’s education. For every jacket or tunic sold, you sponsor 3 months of English and Math class for a kid at Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele.

Creative Community

ANNA, 27 years old, Hungary
Stages of limbo creates a space for professionals to explore, play and recharge their creative energies. In their community they believe in intuitive first times, in imperfect outcomes, and in creating.Their mission is to activate artistic potential and explore the inner creative in everyone. With the aim of liberating people from the strains they put on themselves.

WordPress Education Startup

ATTILA, 28 years old, Hungary
Attila, a 2018 alumni, founded WPKurzu (translated as: WP Courses). In 2013, Attila began his entrepreneurial journey as a result of his lack of technical web design and development skills. He wanted a high quality website, but didn’t know how to build one. This sparked his eureka moment: What if he could provide succinct WordPress courses to help people to build high quality websites faster and better? So he did and WPKurzus was founded in late 2015. Atilla joined our Latin America 2018 program to accelerate the growth of his business.

Freelance Digital Marketing

REN JEAN, 28 years old, Singapore
2018 alumni Ren Jean founded her personal brand to provide digital marketing strategies for small businesses.

Creative Media Platform

HALLE, 32 years old, USA
Mad Mirror Media is a media platform designed to create content that explores, deconstructs, and discusses communication and its role in society today. Founded by Nomad Alumni Halle Stern in 2018.

AI Backed Trading Platform

ENGO, 31 years old, Netherlands
Dutchdaytrading is run by a group of experienced traders on the stock exchange. They also teach from a passion for commercial craftsmanship. Day trading is buying and selling securities on the stock exchange to benefit from price fluctuations during the trading day.
DutchDayTrading was founded by Nomad Alumni, Engo Koc

Purpose-driven COMPANY

GARAI, 25 years old, USA
ComeFindHelp uses community green spaces as the vehicle to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable New York City ecosystem. Through the use of renovated shipping container installations, they bring communities together around the major issues affecting them.

Digital Marketing Agency

EMILY, 33 years old, USA
Nomad Alumni and Founder Emily Brennan is an award-winning digital marketer with the expertise and enthusiasm to help businesses grow. She is a tenured agency executive who rolls-up her sleeves to understand the most efficient ways to attract customers and increase revenue with the power of online marketing. Her deep digital roots and a proven track record of understanding business needs and designing effective marketing programs has enabled businesses of all sizes to benefit from search, social and digital display marketing.

180
ALUMNI
42
COUNTRIES
28
AVERAGE AGE
50%
STARTUP JOB OUTCOME
24%
FOUNDER OUTCOME
20%
FREELANCER OUTCOME

SOME OF OUR ALUMNI

High performers from over 30 countries form the heart of our fast growing community; all united by their aspiration to own what they do.

Garai
UX Designer At Startups

“This program, being part of a global community of entrepreneurs, has without a doubt changed my life” Garai is founder of ComeFindHelp, a nonprofit company that uses community green spaces as the vehicle to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable ecosystem in NYC. Prior to the 2018 Latin America Program, he specialised in human centred design and worked with data behind interactive video technologies."

Chloe
Premier Freelancer

“Now, instead of being stuck in a corporate office, I can choose to work from anywhere in the world”. Before joining the Nomad Program in 2018, Chloe worked as a systems analyst for a mining company for 5 years. After graduating she founded her own company, Wheel For Happiness and alongside this she now works as a Digital Media & Marketing Specialist."

Renjean
Startup Cofounder

“Anything is possible when you surround yourself with the most motivated people”After graduating in 2018, Renjean co-founded the startup Skyllz, an online marketplace of recreational skills teachers. Renjean is also a Freelance Digital Marketing Specialist working with clients in Tourism & hospitality, F&B, tech, private equity, real estate, and more. Before the 2018 Latin America Program, she had in depth experience as a Marketing Manager working with agencies and social enterprises."

Hamish
Premier Freelancer

“This program is for those with a truly open mind, inability to settle for mediocrity and willingness to ask the hard questions”. Prior to joining Nomad Academy, Hamish worked for 4 years as a Product Innovation Manager at Online Republic, before travelling the world. After graduating from our program he became a premier freelancer specialising in digital marketing and in 2018 he founded EB Digital, his own digital marketing company."

Atilla
Startup Cofounder

“The most intense but best part of my life… the tribe and organisers helped me achieve so much.” Atilla is cofounder of WPKurzcus, a creator and seller of premium WordPress courses. Already an experienced entrepreneur, Atilla joined our Latin America 2018 program to accelerate the growth of his business, fast-track his personal growth and take his company ‘remote’."

Perla
Marketing at Startups

“It was great to learn from a diverse, inspiring and determined group from all over the world”After almost 3 years as an account manager at Hogarth, Perla joined the Nomad Program in 2018 to take her career in a new direction. After graduating from our digital marketing program, Perla has taken on a number of digital marketing roles for smaller, more creative agencies in London."

Gwen
Agile Methods Coach

“This experience has equipped me with the mindset to achieve more than I realised was possible”. Gwen is a coach at startup Adaptovate, bringing Agile ways of working to scaling companies. Before joining the SE Asia Program in 2017, he spent over 5 years in financial insurance consulting and did a Masters in International Business from EBS Paris."

Phil
Startup founder

Phil is the founder of Kupendo, a social enterprise in online retail where for every product sold an education product is given to children in need. Before joining the 2018 Africa Program, he spent 10 years as a corporate lawyer across some of Australia’s largest corporates."

Some of our cohorts

Take a look at some of our past programs and the entrepreneurial alumni who took part in them. You'll get to access their experiences and expertise when you become a member of our unique alumni community.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

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WHO IT’S FOR

Not for people motivated
by climbing the corporate ladder

We aren’t for people that want a pay raise, promotion, or vacation; and this isn’t even for people that want to found and sell their tech startup within 3 years - there are already options for each of these needs. 

But for professionals
who know there’s more to life

For those that feel there’s more to life than sitting at a desk, waiting for the weekend and being a cog in a machine. Who won’t settle for a normal life.

Who are brave enough
to do something different

Even if they don’t know exactly what that ‘different’ looks like, they’re willing to try. They want to live life on their own terms, find purpose in what they do and even impact the world.

FAQ

Have questions that aren't in the FAQ?
Email charlie@nomad.academy or Whatts App + 31 06 82772626

1. who gets selected and what's the selection process?

We select applicants based on their openness to new experiences, drive to create something remarkable, and unique backgrounds. Applicants must be transparent, highly capable and ready to push themselves outside their comfort zones.

Our students are typically 24 - 34 years old, with a few years work behind them from law, finance, creative agencies etc. They're from across the world, from USA and Europe to Australia and Latin America.

The process itself is straightforward:

1. Request an invite to any of our programs by clicking the apply now button

2. Charlie - our Director of Admissions - reviews your info and If he thinks you have the potential to join our next program you’ll get accepted to the application stage.

3. If your application is successful, you'll be invited to talk to the admissions team via video call

4. Once you’ve spoken with our team, we’ll review your full application

5. Once accepted you’ll be called by a member of the admissions team

6. You’ll then be in touch with our operations, coaching, and admissions team to get you ready for the program.

2. What’s the structure of the program, is there an agenda, and how strict is the agenda?

You can view a full breakdown of the curriculum on all of our program pages.

Our programs aim get you understand what a fulfilling career direction is for you. And then to get you the mindset and entrepreneurial skills to make that new direction a reality.

During the Onsite Program, on a"typical week" you'll be at the co-working space a few hours per day (Monday to Friday); learning the skills for a new career and acting on that. There will be weekly workshops, and weekly tribe socials. Once per month will be an "epic experience" from meditation retreats to fitness bootcamps. You will be arrange your one-to-one expert sessions at times that fit your coach and yourself.

The Onsite Program agenda is reasonably strict in terms of the units you’ll be tasked with completing each week. However, you will have free time each day and on weekends; what you do with this time is up to you. Our program directors will be able to recommend options to you. Often our student spends time traveling to neighbouring areas, visiting sites of natural beauty, practicing their language skills on the locals, or working on side-projects.

3. Will there be free time for other activities (learning language, adventures, etc.)?

Yes, you will have free time each day and one the weekends; what you do with this time is up to you. Often our student spends time traveling to neighbouring areas, visiting sites of natural beauty, practicing their language skills on the locals, or working on side-projects.

4. Do you offer financial support?

Currently, we don't offer financial aid or scholarships. However, some countries do offer schemes to assist financially with study abroad programs.

A significant number of students also get their Nomad Academy program funded by their employers. To begin with, you can direct them to our employer's page; and as you progress through our selection process we can give you further advice on sponsorship.

5. How do you keep it relevant to each person’s goals/needs?

We achieve this by working with you towards the goals that you identify in the first weeks of the program. Ultimately the skills, mindset, and experiences that we share don’t differ person-to-person, but the mentoring and coaching aspects of the program will help you to use these in the way that is most effective in helping you to achieve your own personal goals.

6. Where are we staying, what does it look like?

We often partner with the co-living / co-working companies such as Outpost (SE Asia) and Selina (Latin America). More often than not, we house people in apartments of 2-3 bedrooms and joint living spaces. If either of those are not an option, we go with hotel brands such as Hotel R.

Accommodation will always include a clean, private en-suite room when possible. If this is not available we’ll let you know ahead of time. Ultimately, we choose co-living spaces because it’s important that you bond with your fellow students, but we also want you to have a safe, quiet room where you can get plenty of rest.

7. What if I'm not happy after the first few days/weeks?

Considering that this is a program designed to get you outside of your comfort zone there’s a good chance that - at times - you’ll want to return to the comfortable and familiar and will look for ways out. But you’ll get over this pretty quickly.

Genuine complaints about the experience, coaching, mentoring, and experiences can also be taken up with your mentor and the company will assess them on a case-by-case basis. It’s also important to us that you do get the results you want from our program. Nomad Academy wouldn’t exist in its current form without honest feedback from hundreds of students. So we urge you to tell us how we can improve.

It's important to be aware that we are not a travel company. We are an education startup that uses travel as part of our overall program to stretch professionals to the edge of their comfort zones. 

8. Do i need a business idea & What are the outcomes of the program?

In short, no. You do not need a business idea to apply to the program, just the motivation to make change.

The program is designed to give you the inspiration, community and skills to find an idea that you want to turn into a viable business. The first month of the program is focussed on assessing your personal values, exploring business ideas, being more aware of your strengths and passions to discover what problem you want to solve in the world. 

What you do need, is to be willing to devote your time to finding what you find truly meaningful, and then moving towards thatby joining a company you believe in, or launching your own company.

The outcomes we aim to provide are:

- For you to have founded your own company or personal brand
- For you to have defined a new narrative and new career goals
- For you to have joined a mission driven company you believe in
- For you to have formed new habits and a new mindset to enable you to persevere toward this goal.

Our alumni have founded companies, joined purpose-driven companies, and ultimately taken ownership of what they do with their lives. You can view information about both our alumni and the companies they’ve founded on our outcomes page.

9. What’s the curriculum and what will I learn?

Ultimately, we want you to graduate our program with three things:

1. A clearly defined narrative comprised of your personal goals and values.

2. The entrepreneurial skills, habits, and mindset to be able to create a career you love

3. To have developed a support network that will foster your entrepreneurial career for life.

You can download our curriculum and view the full details of each of our programs on all of our program pages (as well as using the button below).

DOWNLOAD THE CURRICULUM

10. USP. How is this program different from other programs, why should I choose Nomad Academy?

The main difference between Nomad Academy and other programs are:

- MBA programs don’t help you to find what is truly meaningful to yourself, and they take a long time to complete
- Accelerators and Pre-accelerators are typically for people looking to get rich from proprietary tech
- Backpacking and Retreats help you to redefine your goals and values, but they don’t give you practical skills
- Career Coaches help you to define your narrative and goals but don’t give you the skills to achieve them

We’ve tried all of these solutions ourselves and found that they didn’t give us the skills, direction, and support we needed to take ownership of our careers.

Nomad Academy is unique because it takes elements of each of these solutions and provides a program that aims to help people to create their own fulfilling careers.

OUR PROGRAMS

Each of our programs follows the same curriculum over 12 weeks, and can be accessed in two ways:

Part Time
€4,400
March 2020
2 weeks in Peru
8 weeks part-time online
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On Site
€9,700
April 2020
12 Weeks in SE Asia
All in-person
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