A Manchester-based investment platform is launching a new brand new academy to train 1,000 in digital skills in the next three years.

The Fearless Academy from Fearless Adventures – founded by former-Social Chain co-founder Dominic McGregor, alongside David Newns and Charlie Yates – will launch its first bootcamp in September.

It will nurture, coach and develop anyone looking to retrain or upskill in all things digital.

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Bootcamp specialisms include SEO, PPC, graphic design, web development and more.

Its tutors are all experienced marketing professionals from Fearless Adventures that have supported a diverse range of high-growth global brands, including THG, Unilever, E!, Aldi, Logitech and Superdry.

Fearless Adventures’ talent team, headed up by Alex Hayes, will also support students find employment once they have completed the 12-week course.

From helping them prepare for interviews to hosting career days where students can network with potential employers, they will provide a welcome boost to their employment prospects.

The Fearless Academy’s co-founders have been at the forefront of the digital marketing industry for the last 20 years, building and scaling global businesses, including Manchester-headquartered Social Chain and Liverpool-based Nerudia.

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Both McGregor and Newns took alternative paths to business success; the former dropped out of university while the latter bypassed it in order to found and grow digitally-driven global firms.

Now, not only do they have large networks of professionals looking for talent, but they also source it for investees in their venture capital platform, Fearless Adventures.

McGregor explained: “As a business leader, I’ve seen first hand how taking chances on young talent can transform a business. But now more than ever, sourcing the right people is becoming one of the biggest issues for businesses. There’s a real skills gap for digital marketing experts that is constantly widening. Our mission is to reverse this trend by upskilling the next generation of ambitious talent.”

Fearless Adventures is a new type of venture capital platform, injecting not only cash into the direct-to-consumer (D2C) businesses it invests in, but also supporting them with best-in-class digital marketing and top-flight digital talent to help them scale.