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Millennial startup Flibl launches autumn masterclass series

Megan Pay

From New York to Delhi and almost everywhere in between, millennial entrepreneurs Lauren Razavi, 25, and Jesse Onslow Norton, 29, have seen it all. But when they decided to build consultancy business Flibl from scratch last July, they chose their hometown of Norwich as the place to start up. Just a year later, the ambitious duo are launching a series of masterclasses for students, recent graduates, freelancers, and SME owners in Norfolk. As proud supporters of Norfolk Network, Flibl is offering a £50 discount on all of its courses for fellow member companies.

After graduating from the prestigious creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia, Lauren made a name for herself as a freelance journalist, reporting from more than 30 countries for titles such as The Guardian, Wired, NPR and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2016, she was crowned the UK’s young freelancer of the year at the IPSE awards and named as a notable young leader by entrepreneurship group LeadNorfolk.

Jesse, a UEA graduate in politics and media, began his career in computer programming before Google headhunted him to work on a communications project spanning countries across the world. Since then, he’s worked on editorial and content for brands like Emirates, Royal Bank of Canada, NatWest and Regus. He also speaks regularly on topics such as fintech, blockchain and macroeconomics at conferences and events all over the globe.

Before they founded Flibl, Lauren and Jesse travelled from country-to-country and worked remotely from their laptops as ‘digital nomads’. “Although we both grew up in Norwich, my family’s from Australia and Lauren’s is from Iran, so global thinking and frequent travel are natural to us,” Jesse says. “There was no doubt that our business, Flibl, would be based here though. It’s our spiritual home and a city we’re proud to be part of.”

In just 12 months, Flibl has expanded from a simple idea to a team of 10 people. Today, the consultancy helps some of the world’s most innovative companies tell their stories on digital platforms. This autumn, Flibl’s founders will share their knowledge and experience with the Norfolk business community in a series of workshops offering insights into journalism, brand storytelling, PR and the future of work.

“Our masterclasses focus on innovation, personal development and entrepreneurship, making them relevant to a variety of different audiences. We hope that by sharing what we’ve learned so far, we’ll encourage others to pursue interesting careers and enterprises, especially young people in the East of England.”
Lauren Razavi