FutureMe was established in 2016 by Nicky van Hille and Ursula Campbell. Both Nicky and Ursula have a long history as management consultants and firsthand experience of the skills shortage in South Africa. As passionate South Africans, they were deeply concerned about youth unemployment and determined to find a way to address this. FutureMe was established as the bridge between youth and the business world. The name came to mind over dinner during one of their many deep conversations unpacking the state of humanity and their desire to make a difference. The name “FutureMe” expresses the desire to understand myself better and visualise who I will be in years to come, with clarity on the steps to take to get there.
The SPAR Group provided the initial seed funding to develop and test the initial FutureMe proof of concept, which began with face-to-face in-school programmes, and continues to be a core strategic partner. Years later, the model has evolved and moved to online, nationwide programmes. FutureMe continues to adjust itself to the needs of the fast-changing environment in which we live and operate and will continue to do so.